During the rainy season the savanna monitor can eat up to 10% of its body weight a day. During the dry season it lives off stored body fat.
Savanna monitors are hunted for meat, skins and for the pet trade. About 100,000 are captured or killed each year.
HABITATSavannas, open forests, woodlands
DIETInvertebrates, amphibians, reptiles, small mammals, carrion
LIFE Expectancy8-10 years