Hi, re the discussion on size/sexual maturity in Varanus exanthematicus (in Ghana); I contacted Dr. Daniel Bennett, asking for confirmation on the ToL (total length). Daniel confirms that the size is as he suggested in his Savannah monitor book; 27cm (10.5inches), for females. He didn`t confirm the mass, which in his book`s given at between 350 and 500g. I`ve sent another message, hopefully he`ll reply in due course (that figure seems very high in comparison to length)? He also said that he often found scratch marks outside their burrow entrances, that may indicate they stiill come out to bask at times during periods when "normal" activity drops during the dry season, as to whether any other activities take place, Daniel said he didn`t have the patience to sit and wait to see! Would they take food if it were available during this time?? More questions than answers! To Aja: Your monitor (if indeed is a female), is clearly large enough to be capable of producing eggs, if there`s no physical problems, apart from the current unshed skin (we all hope not)!