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Black Volta Monitor Lizard Page

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Varanus niloticus, juvenile. Black Volta River, Bui National Park, Ghana, July 1997
 
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Habitat of juvenile Varanus niloticus on the Black Volta River

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Varanus niloticus, adult, with spool and line device attached to tail. Shai Hills Reserve, Ghana, April 1996
 
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Fecal samples from adult Varanus niloticus on the Black Volta River


Full Report on Varanus niloticus at Bui >>

See also Bennett, D. 2002. Diet of Juvenile Varanus niloticus (Sauria: Varanidae) on the Black Volta River in Ghana. J. Herpetol., 36(1): 116-117.

There are two monitor lizards in Bui National Park, the Nile monitor Varanus niloticus and Bosc's monitor Varanus exathematicus. In Ghana the Nile monitor is completely protected by law. Bosc's monitor is not protected and many of them are caught each year to be shipped to the USA and Europe for the pet trade. You can read about our work with this species elsewhere on these pages.

For full details of this project, and others conducted at Bui National Park, see our Final Report.

The Black Volta Project was sponsored by

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THE BP CONSERVATION AWARDS
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Supported by Barclays PLC / Royal Geographical Society

THE ROYAL ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF SCOTLAND
 
 

 

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William Oliver. Champion of biodiversity and its students. So many of us benefited from his advice and expertise. What a character. RIP.

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Varanus bitatawa

Varanus bitatawa is the third species of  monitor lizard to be recognised by science that belongs to the "Pandan Biawak" group,  all of which are of at least as great a conservation concern as the Komodo dragon, but receive virtually none of the attention. Pandan Biawak occur only in lowland dipterocarp forest. The first species (Varanus olivaceus or Butaan) was discovered in 1845 and not seen alive by a scientist until the late 1970s. The next species (Varanus mabitang or Mabitang) was discovered in 2001 and in 2010 Varanus bitatawa (Butikaw or Bitatawa) was described. Other species of frugivorous monitor lizards may remain undescribed, but many may have  gone extinct without ever having been recognised.

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