Savannah Monitor (Varanus exanthematicus)

Origin: Sub-Saharan Africa
Sighted at: Exotic Pets, Austin, TX

Look at this beaut! This lovely specimen was one of many well-cared for reptiles as the Exotic Pets store on Burnet Road. They had snakes, turtles, frogs, lizards, rodents, rabbits, and even a couple of piglets! Look for a couple more shots from my quick visit to this great store later in the week.

This lady is a monitor, a type of large lizard. The most famous (or notorious!) of which is probably the Komodo dragon, but there are many other types of monitors around the world. Savannah monitors typically eat large bugs like centipedes, but they’re very aggressive toward virtually all non-monitor creatures. This one gave me a healthy hissing-at!