The Earless Monitor Lizard (Lanthanotus borneensis) is a small, semiaquatic varanoid lizard, placed within its own monotypic family, Lanthanotidae. It is the closest known relative of the monitor lizards (Varanidae), and is found only in some secluded areas of northern Borneo. It is covered with smooth, keeled scales that aid it in watery habitats. They are predominantly nocturnal, emerging only at night to hunt their chosen prey of bugs and fossorial invertebrates like earthworms.
This obscure and poorly-understood lizard has not been evaluated by the IUCN.
Pic: by Ch'ien C. Lee