Project Noah

Project Noah is a tool to explore and document wildlife and a platform to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere.

Join Project Noah Today

Palawan Water Monitor Lizard

Varanus palawanensis


the largest lizard in the Philippines

1 species ID suggestions

Palawan water monitor lizard
Varanus palawanensis


Joshua Asel
Joshua Asel 5 years ago

Fantastic! good job :)

KdonGalay 5 years ago

thanks a lot Brian for the ID

KdonGalay 6 years ago

@Noe and Pili, AlexKonig, thanks guys
@S Frazier, sir i'm not too familiar with its species breakdown but definitely Varanus sp. it is. thanks sir for the link
@AnnvanWijgerden, generally these lizards are all called bayawak locally regardless of what species. thank you ann

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 6 years ago

Maybe, because here next door they are known as biawak...

AnnvanWijgerden 6 years ago

Is this what's known locally as a Bayawak?

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 6 years ago

This is the genus Varanus. In the interim on the scientific name you could list it as: Varanus sp. Since very recent taxonomic changes have taken place with regard to Philippine monitor lizards, I won't suggest a species. But you could look at V. marmoratus and V. palawanensis to start with.

AlexKonig 6 years ago

nice shots, i personally like the second better. i love those little old-time-remainder - > just little dinosaurs as one imagine it

Noe and Pili
Noe and Pili 6 years ago

Beautiful creature!

Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines

Lat: 9.97, Long: 118.79

Spotted on Sep 25, 2011
Submitted on Oct 11, 2011

Related spottings

varanus Goanna (monitor) tracks Southeast Asian Water Monitor Blue Spotted Tree Monitor

Nearby spottings

Red-Layered Hibiscus Unknown Lato Seaweed Golden Shrimp Plant