Scientific Name: Varanus albigularis microstictus

Found In: South-western, south-central, and eastern Africa

Size: The white-throated monitor can grow to 6 feet in length and can weigh up to 25 lbs

Diet: Carnivore: Its diet consist of small animals and insects such as snakes, birds and eggs, snails, millipedes and grasshoppers

Threat Level: Least Concern – Targeted by humans for food & probably affected by habitat loss and fragmentation, however, still widespread and common

Facts: If confronted by a predator on the ground, it will puff up its throat and body, lash out with its tail, and bite violently.

Virginia Zoo Monitor: male Hank