Nile Monitor

Nile Monitor at Wingham Wildlife Park

Nile Monitor Natural History


Most Nile monitors will measure between 4 and 5 feet (122 cm- 152 cm), however it’s not unusual for individuals to exceed 7 feet (213 cm). They can weigh up to 20 kg.

Habitat and Distribution

These monitors occur near permanent bodies of water through most of Africa with the exception of the north west of the continent.


They have a lifespan of 15 years.


These carnivores use their forked tongues to locate prey. They are very capable predators which will eat amphibians, fish, birds, reptiles, mammals, eggs and carrion and being strong swimmers will even pursue their prey into water.

Groups and Breeding

Females lay the largest sized clutches of eggs of any lizard numbering up to 60 with each egg weighing between 45 and 51 grams each. These take up to 9 months to incubate and hatchlings are brightly coloured weighing about 30 grams.


This species is not listed by the IUCN. However, they are exploited for their skin and meat.

Interesting facts

These are the largest lizards to occur in Africa.

The Nile Monitor During Your Day Out in Kent

Our Nile monitors are on display in the reptile house alongside a number of other reptiles, amphibian and invertebrate species including Gray’s monitors, reticulated pythons, cobalt blue tarantula and chubby painted frogs.