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Water Monitor Lizard

Water Monitor Lizard (DGFC) © Rachel Munds.
  • Recorded in both urban areas, such as Bandar Seri Begawan and Bangar, as well as riparian parts of Batu Apoi. Wide spread from eastern India and Sri Lanka, east through Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, east to the Malay Peninsula, Indo-China, Southern China and the Philippines.
  • The monitor lizard is semi aquatic, inhabiting marshes, estuaries, rivers and canals in cities, mangroves and dipterorcarp forests.
  • They are carnivores feeding on a variety of food including fish, rodents, birds, crabs and snakes. There preference is to feed on dead carrion as their bite does not kill but instead harbors harmful bacteria causing fatal infections.
  • Water monitors are excellent swimmers using a raised fin on their tail to help them maneuver through water.
  • They can lay up to 40 eggs in a year in 2 or more clutches which require incubation for between 8-9months.
  • Juveniles are more brightly coloured than adults, with bright yellow markings on their body and yellow bands on the tail.
  • Monitor lizards can be frequently seen sauntering along the main path at Danau Girang; one of our most regular visitors, a 2m long monitor called Cache, has, on many occasions, found his way into the main building in search of food.