The Nile monitor (Varanus niloticus) is a large member of the monitor lizard family (Varanidae) found throughout much of Africa. Nile monitors can grow to about 120 to 220 cm (3 ft 11 to 7 ft 3 ) in length, with the largest specimens attaining 244 cm (8 ft). Variations may be due to age or environmental conditions. They have muscular bodies, strong legs, and powerful jaws. Their teeth are sharp and pointed in juvenile animals and become blunt and peg-like in adults. They also possess sharp claws used for climbing, digging, defence, or tearing at their prey.
Nikon D4S; AF-S NIKKOR 800 mm f/5.6E FL ED VR lens at 800mm; 1/100 sec at f8; ISO 1250.