Tuesday/ the Nile monitor

I am still scanning old pictures from my shoebox to add to my online photo albums.
This picture of a Nile monitor (Afr. ‘Waterlikkewaan‘) was taken in the early 1990’s close to my grandfather’s guest lodge in Botswana’s Tuli Block district.
I knew the spot in the rocky outcrop where the monster had been hiding, and had to wait patiently for it to make an appearance.

The orange in the map of Africa shows how widespread the distribution of the Nile monitor (Varanus niloticus) is. They like water,  and are found on the banks of the Nile river all the way up to Cairo. 

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