Don’t ask me what the difference is, I don’t know. I grew up knowing these as Leguaan.
The Nile Monitor (Varanus niloticus), also called Water Leguaan, or River Leguaan, is a large member of the monitor lizard family (Varanidae).
In South Africa they are commonly referred to as leguaan, from the Dutch for iguana.
Monitors can grow to about 9 ft. (2.7 m) in length. They have muscular bodies, strong legs and powerful jaws. The teeth are sharp and pointed in juvenile animals and become blunt and peg-like in adults. They also possess sharp claws used for climbing, digging, defence, or tearing at their prey. Like all monitors they have a forked tongue, with highly developed olfactory properties.
Their nostrils are placed high on the snout, indicating that these animals are highly aquatic, but are also excellent climbers and quick runners on land. Monitors feed on fish, snails, frogs, crocodile eggs and young, snakes, birds, small mammals, large insects, and carrion.
Which ever member of the Varanidae family this is, I don’t know, what I do know it’s a leguaan…
A little one… sunning it’s self…
And this is one verrrrry.. big one… see the size compared to the Impala….
And at some stage he has had a fight.. look at the teeth marks on his tail..