Guardian Nature School Team Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A global community of nature enthusiasts
photographing and learning about wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Project Noah Nature School visit nature school

Philippine Water Monitor

Varanus marmoratus

Description:

Varanus marmoratus Wiegmann, 1934. This specimen is very young, probably only a few months. It is approximately 15 inches long (nose to tip of tail), but can grow to more than 5 times that length. The dark grey skin is beautifully marked all over with bright yellow spots, arranged in rings around its body, tail and legs. It is quite unmistakable. When you spot one, you know what you are looking at. The full grown adults are extremely dangerous and even this little guy has very sharp teeth and moves like lightning. So if you encounter one be careful.

Habitat:

I spotted this little lizard trying to scratch and tear his was through a small mesh nylon net which is hanging on the fence around our vegetable plot. The purpose of the net is to keep stray free-range chickens out, but the little monitor was in danger of becoming entangled. I didn't want to get a bite, so I scooped him up in a bucket and took some pictures before releasing him into the surrounding foliage.

Species ID Suggestions



Sign in to suggest organism ID

No Comments

John B.
Spotted by
John B.

Palauig, Central Luzon, Philippines

Spotted on Apr 17, 2022
Submitted on Apr 22, 2022

Related Spottings

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

Nearby Spottings

Common Redeye Flatid Planthopper Citrus Stink Bug Ant Spider
Noah Guardians
Noah Sponsors
join Project Noah Team

Join the Project Noah Team