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Clouded Monitor

Varanus nebulosus


A medium sized monitor lizard growing up to 1.5m. This one was about a meter (3') long. Grey-brown base colour with yellow and black spots. The snout is quite tapered. Superficially quite similar in appearance to the other common monitor lizard on Singapore, the quick ID factor is that the Clouded Monitor has nostrils halfway along its snout whereas the Water Monitor has them at the tip of its snout.


A more terrestrial species, these guys are usually found rummaging around in the leaf litter of the forest floor but like all Monitors this speices is quite adaptable and can often be seen climbing trees as well. Not so keen on water however. This one found in the forest just off the trail in the MacRitchie Forest Reserve in central Singapore.


Varanus nebulosus is now recognised as its own species rather than a sub of Varanus bengalensis. This species is found from Burma down to Sumatra.

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Spotted on Mar 2, 2016
Submitted on May 22, 2016

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