Monitor comes from the Latin noun "monition," which means someone who is a warner. According to ancient belief, these lizards were supposed to warn people that crocodiles were in an area. The generic name Varanus comes from the Arabic word "waran." Waran is the Egyptian name for the Nile monitor, Varanus niloticus, which basically means "monitor" in Arabic. Large monitor lizards, especially V. salvator, are hunted for their skins, especially in Southeast Asia. The largest of all lizards, Komodo dragons, are popular centerpieces of reptile exhibits at zoos.
1. Crocodile monitor (Varanus salvadorii); 2. Short-tailed monitor (Varanus brevicauda); 3. Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis); 4. Stripe-tailed monitor (Varanus caudolineatus); 5. Earless monitor lizard (Lanthanotus borneensis). (Illustration by Joseph E. Trumpey)
Was this article helpful?
This ebook provides an introductory explanation of the workings of the human body, with an effort to draw connections between the body systems and explain their interdependencies. A framework for the book is homeostasis and how the body maintains balance within each system. This is intended as a first introduction to physiology for a college-level course.