Monitor lizard

I’ve seen the monitor lizard perched way up in the tree in Pulau Ubin, but in my mini plot of sanctuary, I’ve seen at least 2 monitor lizards in the grass. I know there are at least 2 because I’ve seen a rather big one, at least 1.5 metres long vs another smaller one, 1 metre long.

This one is the smaller one.

Monitor lizard in the grass!

I’ve been told that the way to differentiate the species of monitor lizard is to look at the length of the nose to the eyes. I’m not sure how to though. Note to self: check this up!

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One Response to Monitor lizard

  1. Ivan says:

    A Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Singapore has a good illustration showing the differences between the heads of the Malayan water monitor and clouded monitor.

    The Malayan water monitor has its nostrils close to the tip of the snout, and when viewed from the side, it has a long, relatively flattened head, a bit like that of a crocodile.

    The clouded monitor has its nostrils somewhat midway between the tip of the snout and the eyes, and its head is more wedge-shaped when viewed from the side.

    Hope this helps. =)

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