Malayan Water Monitor Lizard - Varanus salvator
This was quite a large sized Water Monitor Lizard - Varanus salvator around 2 meters, including the tail.
This is a small population of Water Monitor on the small island of Sipadan, they are quite used to visitors to the island as they sometimes approached the resting area and divers taking breaks may offer them food in the form of boiled eggs and sausages.
The Asian water monitor , also called common water monitor, is a large varanid lizard native to South and Southeast Asia. It is one of the most common monitor lizards in Asia, ranging from Sri Lanka and coastal northeast India to Indochina, Malay Peninsula, and Indonesian islands where it lives close to water. It is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List. It was described by Laurenti in 1768 and is among the largest squamates in the world.
The species is known as Malayan water monitor,.. more