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Philippine Water Monitor

Varanus marmoratus


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.


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.

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John B.
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John B.

Palauig, Central Luzon, Philippines

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

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