Reptiles evolved from the amphibians.
They are more adapted to life on land and their bodies are covered with horny scales. Their temperature varies and they are not homoiothermic animals. They breed by producing eggs. There are about 6.000 species of reptiles in the world except in the Antarctic. China has 387 species. 133 of them native.
Distribution: China's Guangdong Province, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Yunnan Province and Hainan Province.
The Asian Water Monitor is one of the largest lizards in China. It is nearly 2 meters long and its tail occupies three fifths of the entire length. Small scales cover the body. H has a long head and mouth. Its limbs arc strong and its back is black mixed with yellow stripes. Its belly is light yellow or gray, decorated with black stripes. Living near mountainous brooks, it is good at swimming and is also able to climb trees. It feeds on small mammals, fish and frogs. It settles down in caves or tree holes on riverbanks.
They receive first grade national protection.