Clouded monitor

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Clouded monitor
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Varanidae
Genus: Varanus
Subgenus: Empagusia
V. nebulosus
Binomial name
Varanus nebulosus
(Gray, 1931) [1]
  • Varanus bengalensis nebulosus

The clouded monitor (Varanus nebulosus) is a species of monitor lizard, native to Burma, Thailand and Indochina to West Malaysia, Singapore, Java, and Sumatra. They are excellent tree climbers. It belongs to the subgenus Empagusia along with the Bengal monitor, the Dumeril's monitor and other monitor lizards.[2] It had previously been listed as a subspecies of Varanus bengalensis by some herpetologists.[3] It is a diurnal monitor.[4]


Clouded monitors can, on occasion, grow up to 1.5 metres long.[5]


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  3. ^ Varanus bengalensis
  4. ^ Traeholt, C. (April 1997). Effect of masking the parietal eye on the diurnal activity and body temperature of two sympatric species of monitor lizards, Varanus s. salvator and Varanus b. nebulosus Journal of Comparative Physiology B 167(3):177-184. [1]
  5. ^ Lizards of Southeast Asia : Clouded Monitor - Varanus nebulosus