Heading back home after a couple of very interesting weeks of filming and shooting. Here’s an unexpected encounter from last week. We spotted this monitor lizard (Varanus salvator) in quite deep water while looking for whale sharks. - Steve de Neef
* Water Monitor
The Water monitor, (Varanus salvator) is a large species of monitor lizard capable of growing to 3.21m (10.5ft) in length, though the average size of most adults at 1.5m (4.9ft) long. The heaviest known weight of a Water Monitor is over 25kg (55lb), but most are half that size. Their body is muscular with a long, powerful, laterally compressed tail.
Water monitors are one of the most common monitor lizards found throughout Asia, and range from Sri Lanka, India, Indochina, the Malay Peninsula and various islands of Indonesia, living in areas close to water.