Thursday, December 4, 2008

Clouded Monitor

I was frantically searching for some creatures at the Summit Hut when out of nowhere came this big Clouded Monitor, Varanus bengalensis nebulosus.
It is a medium sized Monitor that can reach up to 1.5 metres. It is distinguished from the Malayan Water Monitor by the position of the nostrils which lie mid-way between the eye and snout.
This mainly terrestrial species can be found in habitats as diverse as scrubland and rainforest, but is generally encountered as it digs amongst leaf litter searching for beetles and other insects. It may also be spotted clinging high up on tree trunks or exploring tree holes : its sharp claws make it an excellent climber.
I soon headed back to go search for some Snakes.

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