Varanus niloticus (Nile Monitor)

Criteria met:  High volume

Principal trade term to the EU:  skins

Percentage of global trade to the EU:  21%

Principal source:  wild

Top EU importer:  France

Top Trading Partner:  Mali

CITES Appendix:  II

IUCN Status:   -

EU-reported imports of wild-sourced Varanus niloticus skins, all purposes, 2001-2010.

EU imports in 2010 primarily comprised skins, all of which were wild-sourced and traded for commercial purposes (29,021 skins). Imports of wild-sourced skins have decreased each year since 2006 and decreased by 33% between 2009 and 2010.

Wild-sourced skins all originated in either Mali (62%) or Chad (38%). The SRG formed a positive opinion for Chad on 10/09/1998, and confirmed the positive opinion for Chad and formed a positive opinion for Mali on 26/05/2008.