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Rafe Brown, curator-in-charge of the herpetology division at the University of Kansas (KU) Biodiversity Institute, loves the ecological paradise that is the Philippines, but spends too little of his time in the tropical forests and too much of it in the backstreets of Manila, seeking out people who are severely mistreating animals for profit. During one search, he and his colleagues found two previously unknown species of water monitor lizard.
Results reveal again the underestimated diversity of these giant lizards in insular Southeast Asia.
SEGAMAT: The Wildlife and National Parks Department has raided what is perhaps the largest makeshift facility to process, preserve and store exotic meat in Malaysia.
He's huge, he can be vicious and sometimes he stinks. His oral hygiene is so poor that if he bites you, you're pretty much guaranteed a life-threatening infection. He's going to be very popular.
The Water Monitor, Varanus salvator, is perhaps the most prevalent of monitor lizards in Asia. They range from Sri Lanka, India, Indochina, the Malay Peninsula and various islands of Malaysia. They live mostly in tropical forested areas. These lizards grow up to 9 feet long. Their body is muscular with a long powerful tail. They are excellent swimmers, using a raised fin located on their tails to steer through fresh and salt water. Their diet consists of small mammals, birds, fish,...
The Perentie is the largest monitor lizard native to Australia. They are found west of the Great Dividing Range in the arid regions of Australia. They are not a common sight and can usually escape detection before it has a chance to be seen. An adult Perentie can grow up to 8 feet long although its average size is 5.5 to 6.5 feet long. It is likely the third largest lizard on earth, after the Komodo Dragon, and the Water Monitor. Crocodile Monitors rival the Perentie in being the third...
Australian lizards belonging to the Varanus genus (monitor lizards) are called Goannas. This name is thought to be derived from the word iguana, as early European settlers likened them to the South American lizards. There are around 20 species of goanna, 15 of which that are unique to Australia. They are a varied group of carnivorous reptiles that range greatly in size and fill several ecological niches. The Goanna features prominently in Aboriginal Mythology and Australian folklore....
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