Black-Throated monitor Varanus albigularis microstictus

Black-Throated monitor Varanus albigularis microstictus

Black-Throated monitor Varanus albigularis microstictus

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The Black-throated Monitor, also known as the Rock Monitor Varanus albigularis is a species of monitor lizard in the family Varanidae. The species is endemic to Central, East, and southern Africa and live in Tanzania. Black-throated Monitors are usually a dark gray-brown with yellowish or white markings, and can reach up to 2.1 m in total length (including tail) and weigh more than 27 kilos. They are the largest It is the largest of the four subspecies of the rock monitor, V. Albigularis.

Monitors are periodically harvested from the wild for various reasons, which can include for the leather and pet trade, and also as food by native human populations. An additional threat is non-timber crops and agroforestry.

IUCN red list

The Black-Throated Monitor is a mighty and large lizard reaching over 2 metres long. Threatened by #agriculture #deforestation and #hunting for the #leather trade in #Tanzania #Africa. Help them with a #Boycott4Wildlife

In captivity, Black Throated Monitors eat whole prey, such as mice, rats, snakes, lizards, freshwater mollusks, small birds, large roaches, crustaceans, fish, and eggs. They will commonly accept cat and dog food, which is not acceptable as a staple diet due to an improper nutrient profile and high caloric content. In the wild, they will eat anything they can catch.

Presently, all of the 58 or more species of monitors are classified by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) as at least Appendix II, which indicates that they are considered potentially threatened and could become vulnerable if trade in these lizards is not regulated. Some monitor species have been or still are classified as Appendix I (endangered).

The ruthless exploitation of many monitor species is very likely causing their populations to decline, and because the population dynamics for monitor species are largely unknown, it is impossible to say just how many individuals can be safely harvested from wild populations without seriously affecting their long-term sustainability.

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There are no known conservation activities for this animal. Make art to raise awareness and join the #Boycott4Wildlife.

Further Information

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2 thoughts on “Black-Throated monitor Varanus albigularis microstictus

    1. You’re welcome Kaleigh I’m glad you enjoyed hearing about this beautiful lizard, it would be amazing to see one in real life, but in a forest not in a Zoo!

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