goannas (English) [ IPA: goʊˈænəz ASM: গ’নেজ]
Contributed by: Biraj Kumar Kakati on 2009-10-14
1. Reptile(Common Noun-Common) Monitor lizards are the family Varanidae, a group of carnivorous lizards which includes the largest living lizard, the Komodo dragon. Varanidae is monotypic, containing only the genus Varanus. Monitor lizards are generally large reptiles, although some can be as small as 12 centimetres in length. They have long necks, powerful tails and claws, and well-developed limbs. Most species are terrestrial, but arboreal and semi-aquatic monitors are also known. Almost all Monitor lizards are carnivorous, although Varanus prasinus and Varanus olivaceus are also known to eat fruit.[1] They are oviparous, laying from 7 to 37 eggs, which they often cover with soil or protect in a hollow tree stump