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Meet ZooMontana's savannah monitor lizard (video)

Posted at 5:29 PM, Dec 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-18 19:29:18-05

MISSOULA — Wildlife Correspondent Tanner Saul and meteorologist Lewis Dortch chatted with Jeff Ewelt from Zoo Montana to learn more about Captain Jack, the zoo's savannah monitor lizard.

Watch the video above to learn more about Captain Jack.

The savannah monitor lizard -- which is prehistoric and is found in Africa -- is built to hang out in the sun and find food.

The lizard likes to dig and its favorite food is millipedes. It also has specialized teeth to eat snails and shelled insects.

The savannah monitor lizard is built to spread out to absorb all that sunlight and keep them warm. So at ZooMontana, it lives in a special dome.

Click here to learn more about ZooMontana. The zoo is open daily from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Due to the state order, masks are required in the gift shop, restrooms, and indoor animal exhibits.

ZooMontana is located off of the Zoo Drive exit off Interstate 90 in Billings.