In Australia, we have Goannas – a monitor lizard. In Botswana, we saw another type of lizard called the Nile Monitor

Nile Monitor entering the Chobe River

Nile Monitor entering the Chobe River

Just after seeing the Monkeys in the tree, we were treated by seeing a Nile Monitor [Varanus niloticus]- a very powerful lizard. It was walking along the ground and then made its way to the Chobe River. It is a little unusual, but the Nile Monitor are very proficient swimmers and readily take to water (as shown above). The Nile Monitor can grow up to 2 metres – the one we saw was about 1.5 metres.

Nile Monitor

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