Monitor Lizards - These reptiles got their name from their pose as can be seen above. They seem to be 'monitoring' the location, looking out for danger maybe. These reptiles can be seen all over Singapore. Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve is a place that one can easily see these creatures.
These lizards usually mind their own business just lazing on the ground or resting on a branch of a tree.
When these reptiles come into contact with humans or danger they usually scamper away. These creatures are very wary of their surroundings . But at times some brave individuals would stand their ground, in the hope of warding the threat off. They would use their whip-like tails to swing at the the aggressor.
The video below shows that behavior.
This brave behavior at times, gets them in trouble. Wild dogs for example, cause major nuisance in the reserve by chasing birds, wild boar, monitor lizard etc. Dogs are lovely animals. I love them! But when strays roam our Wetland Reserve, the wildlife there suffer. These dogs most likely originated from the neighbouring farms which let them loose. The dogs overpower the brave lizards that do not run but stand their ground and just kill them for the sake of it. See video below.
From the video above you would be able to notice the dogs being very cautious of the lizard even though the monitor was almost out of steam. They are well aware of the injury a monitor can inflict.
The photos below documents the Monitor Lizard's tail-whip in pictures.
Many times these Lizards are mistaken for crocodiles swimming, or even Komodo Dragons.
When I used to go to Sungei Buloh way before I started hunting for crocodiles, these reptiles were the stars of the show and would excite everyone. They still do, and will always have a special place at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.
Watch our for these beautiful lizards the next time you visit Sungei Buloh Wetlands.