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Southeast Asian water monitor

Varanus salvator macromaculatus


This is a large specimen of the subspecies of water monitor that inhabits Singapore (and parts of nearby countries). The species is a common large lizard native to southern Asia. They range from "Sri Lanka and India to Indochina, the Malay Peninsula, and various islands of Indonesia, living in areas close to water."


This monitor was observed along the boardwalk leading away (and not far from) the nature center of the Sungei Buloh Weland Reserve (Singapore).


Sungai Buloh Wetland Reserve is awash in these monitors. I saw at least 6 individuals in 2 hours. (Map marker not precise).

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Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 8 years ago

Thanks Venus

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 8 years ago

awesome find scott

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 8 years ago

They were everywhere, so apparently quite habituated. I wanted to see a saltwater croc, but 6 of these beauties was fair compensation!

Smith Zoo
Smith Zoo 8 years ago

So beautiful Scott, looks so tranquil here....

Scott Frazier
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Scott Frazier

Singapore, Singapore

Spotted on Apr 2, 2014
Submitted on Apr 5, 2014

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