Monday, April 9, 2012

1m-long monitor lizard at Kallang River catches visitor by surprise

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The sight of a monitor lizard, measuring more than a metre long, on the banks of the Kallang River caught STOMPer Eng Thong by surprise when he was taking a walk in the area.

The STOMPer wrote:

"This picture was taken near Bendemeer Road, along the Kallang River.

"I was waiting for my wife to have her massage done so I took a walk along the river and then I came across this giant monitor lizard.

"It looked to be more than a metre long and it just laid there for a long time before it crawled away.

"I was really surprised to see the lizard there -- you seldom see animals like there around the area."
1m-long monitor lizard at Kallang River catches visitor by surprise -data
1m-long monitor lizard at Kallang River catches visitor by surprise
1m-long monitor lizard at Kallang River catches visitor by surprise
1m-long monitor lizard at Kallang River catches visitor by surprise

I'm genuinely pleased that for once, the Malayan water monitor (Varanus salvator) was not misidentified as a Komodo dragon or crocodile, and that no one got all paranoid about the threat to human safety.

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