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1 December 2016 First Evidence for Reproduction of Nile Monitors (Varanus niloticus) in Palm Beach County
Jennifer Ketterlin Eckles, Frank Mazzotti, Dennis Giardina, Dallas Hazelton, H. LeRoy Rodgers
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Abstract

Varanus niloticus (Nile Monitor) is a large, carnivorous lizard native to sub-Saharan Africa. A breeding population of Nile Monitors was documented in southwestern Florida (Lee County) in 2004. In 2011, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission began surveying the C-51 canal on the southeastern Florida coast in Palm Beach County in response to multiple reports of monitor lizards. These surveys resulted in observations of 9 Nile Monitors, including a hatchling and copulating pair. Three additional hatchlings were later reported by private citizens. These observations provide evidence of a breeding population of these non-native lizards in southeastern Florida.

Jennifer Ketterlin Eckles, Frank Mazzotti, Dennis Giardina, Dallas Hazelton, and H. LeRoy Rodgers "First Evidence for Reproduction of Nile Monitors (Varanus niloticus) in Palm Beach County," Southeastern Naturalist 15(sp8), 114-119, (1 December 2016). https://doi.org/10.1656/058.015.sp812
Published: 1 December 2016
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