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Monitor crosses the side walk วงศ์เหี้ย

Monitor crosses the side walk  วงศ์เหี้ย
Monitor lizards, also known as biawak or goannas, genus Varanus, are members of the family Varanidae. Varanus is a group of largely carnivorous lizards which includes the largest living lizard, the Komodo dragon, and the crocodile monitor. The closest living relatives are the anguid and helodermatid lizards.
Monitor lizards are usually large reptiles, although some can be as small as 12 centimeters in length. They have long necks, powerful tails and claws, and well-developed limbs. Most species are terrestrial, but arboreal and semi-aquatic monitors are also known. Almost all monitor lizards are carnivorous, although Varanus bitatawa, Varanus prasinus and Varanus olivaceus are also known to eat fruit.They are oviparous, laying from 7 to 37 eggs, which they often cover with soil or protect in a hollow tree stump.

I photographed a few of these at "Bang Pa In" during my day there.
4 years ago.