Stormlizard

Stormlizard

Posted on 06/20/2015


Photo taken on December 14, 2008


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Water Monitor Lizard (Varanus salvator) Opposites Big

Water Monitor Lizard (Varanus salvator) Opposites Big
Photographed at Bang Pa In Palace on 12 14 2008 using;
Canon EOS 400D SLR Digital Camera.
Asian Water Monitor, Description: To 3.21 meters long. Snout to base of tail is up to 1.1 meters. A massive, intimidating lizard, one of the largest in the world. The heaviest individuals can weigh over 50 kilograms. Body is grey to black, often with varying spots and chain patterns of yellow-to-tan that fade with age. Neck is long and head is long and somewhat flattened. Has a notably large forked tongue that it often extends to sense its environment. Tail is higher than it is wide and very strong. Underbelly is somewhat lighter than rest of body.
'Danger to humans: Water Monitors do not prey upon humans, preferring to eat much smaller animals. However, a Water Monitor that is grabbed or threatened by a human may use its teeth, claws, or tail to defend itself, and all three could inflict significant injury. If you are bitten by a water monitor, it is important to clean the wound and apply antibiotic ointment immediately, as rotting flesh in the monitor’s mouth may lead to inflection. You should seek medical attention in the case of any serious bite in order to prevent infection. It is possible that very serious bites from the largest monitors may lead to fatalities.

Eva Wiren, Vonderwaterkant, Gudrun, H.-Marie and 9 other people have particularly liked this photo


31 comments - The latest ones
Stormlizard
Stormlizard
Yes Tom, none around here though they don't eat humans, in fact those we saw on land ran quickly back to the water.
2 years ago.
Stormlizard
Stormlizard
Well Kenny you would not be in danger of it happening, different though if it was a Komodo Dragon a much larger Lizard found in Indonesia.
I was standing on the curb you can see when I photographed it, they are actually very timid when on land, far more so than Magpie's.
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
Yvonné Lizzy Bruní (HvidLiljer)
Yvonné Lizzy Bruní (…
Awesome John, I like it. I like it's skin pattern, wow. This is the world at it's best, full of magical creatures, colours and adventures. Good night my friend :)
2 years ago.
Stormlizard
Stormlizard
Thank you Lizzy. Yes Thailand has a lot to offer..
Sleep well.
2 years ago.
BernardV
BernardV
In part of the place grounds I take it. Are there many of them over there?
2 years ago.
Stormlizard
Stormlizard
Palace grounds. Yes Bernie, there are many of them all over Thailand and other S E Asian countries.
2 years ago.
Sparky Theimp
Sparky Theimp
Yikes!
2 years ago.
Pam J
Pam J
Beautiful markings !
2 years ago.
Stormlizard
Stormlizard
Yes Pam I agree.
Thank you.
2 years ago.
Roy Lowry
Roy Lowry
Amazing sight!
2 years ago.
Stormlizard
Stormlizard
Thank you Roy, yes I agree but I got used to seeing them a lot.
2 years ago.
HappySnapper
HappySnapper
Thankfully my garden pond is a bit to small to be home to one of these. Must have been an impressive sight snapping this shot.
2 years ago.
Stormlizard
Stormlizard
Thank you Maurice yes, although I had already seen several of them here and there it was the first place where there were many, and being a park allowing close encounters on the lawns and in the many ornamental lakes.
In the water was easy but on land they are more timid than our Magpie, you only need to look and away they go.
2 years ago.
Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre
For a minute I thought this was taken now in Denmark - cos of all the rain LOL
2 years ago.
Stormlizard has replied to Jenny McIntyre
LOL And global warming. N o it was taken in Thailand, our temperatures would need to be a lot higher for them to want to be here.
2 years ago.
Stormlizard
Stormlizard
Thank you very much Lynne.
You are welcome, I saw so many during my 5 weeks in Thailand.
2 years ago.
Judith Jannetta
Judith Jannetta
Beautiful image, love it!
2 years ago.
Stormlizard
Stormlizard
Thank you very much Judith.
2 years ago.
H C
H C
That sounds and looks like a really scary animal.
2 years ago.
Stormlizard
Stormlizard
Thanks Harriet, they look far more scary than they really are, yes, if you tried too play with one it may bite in defense but they normally run away when humans get near them on land. In the water they catch rats, baby ducks and other water birds plus fish etc,
2 years ago.
Christiane
Christiane
Very interesting !
Excellent capture, John !
2 years ago.
Stormlizard
Stormlizard
Thank you very much Christiane.
2 years ago.
Stormlizard
Stormlizard
@ Claudine Gaulier-Denis,
Thank you for the Star.
2 years ago.
H.-Marie
H.-Marie
I 've never seen this animal before - It's fantastic !
Well taken picture !
2 years ago. Edited 2 years ago.
Stormlizard
Stormlizard
Thank you H - Marie.
Not many have unless they've been in South East Asia or to a Zoo that has some.
2 years ago.
Gudrun
Gudrun
I wouldn't like to meet one of those but rather view it safely on my monitor;-) Impressive animal!
2 years ago.
Stormlizard
Stormlizard
Thank you Gudrun, actually we saw several on land, they just ran when they saw us.. Yes very impressive.
2 years ago.
Stormlizard
Stormlizard
@ Vonderwaterkant.
Thank you very much.
2 years ago.
Béatrice
Béatrice
Superbe animal
2 years ago.
Stormlizard
Stormlizard
Yes Beatrice, thank you very much.
2 years ago.
Stormlizard
Stormlizard
Thank you very much Eva.
2 years ago.