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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Varanidae

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Members of the Varanidae family are more often called monitor lizards. They are found in Africa, Southern Asia, Indo-Australia, and Australia. Their habitat ranges from arid desert to tropical rainforest. Varanids have a small head, long neck, stout body, and long tails. A good portion of their length is tail. They range in size from 10 inches to 10 feet. They are meat eaters and what they eat depends on the size of the lizard. Most varanids are terrestrial-arboreal predatorsWhat does predators mean?. There are some that hunt primarily in water. They are also egg layers.
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