There are 77 species of Monitor Lizards, characterised by their sturdy limbs, powerful tails and claws and their long necks. Most favour a
terrestrial lifestyle, although some species are arboreal. They occur
naturally in Africa, Oceania and Asia. The Nile Monitor has established
itself in Florida, where it is regarded as an Invasive Pest. Monitor
Lizards are considered intelligent and have been known to hunt
cooperatively to raid crocodile nests, with one lizard luring the mother
crocodile away whilst the other breaks open the nest. The decoy then
returns to help devour the eggs before the crocodile returns.
This speciman is an Australian Monitor Lizard, also known as a Perentie.
I just had the sudden NEED for a pvp pool party. Also, Taz is too short to touch the bottom of the pool anywhere but the shallow end. uou He’s strong but apparently a terrible choice for a chicken fight.
The Perentie, Australia’s largest lizard. Shot with a 90mm macro, I had to get right up close to this one. He tried to whip me a few times with his long tail. This is their unusual and surprisingly painful primary defence.