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BiologySince the relatively recent classification of the ornate monitor as a distinct species, very little research has been carried out to assess its specific biology and ecology. Like the Nile monitor it is diurnal but unlike its better known relative, the ornate monitor is active throughout the year. Although generally considered to be terrestrial, this dextrous lizard is both an excellent swimmer and climber. The specific dietary habits of the ornate monitor have received little attention from researchers, but in one study, crabs were found to form a considerable component of the diet of both juveniles and adults (2).