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The Giant Lizards of Lumpani

22 Nov

I’m blogging some of my actual herping adventures in Bangkok, to add to the technical material on the site and perhaps inspire some people to enjoy Bangkok’s wildlife the same way I have. I’ll start with a little introduction to the giants that all Bangkok residents know well – the Water Monitor.

Just about everyone has seen water monitors somewhere in Bangkok, but they are most famously known from Bangkok’s central park, Lumpani Park. I don’t think that I’ve ever gone to Lumpani Park without seeing monitors there. But there was one day that was a little special.

I had been walking through the park, photographing the herps, when I saw this large monitor in one of the canals:

Water Monitor (Varanus salvator) in Lumpani Park, Bangkok

I just kept making my way down the canal, and soon realized that he was doing the same. I got to the end of the canal and the exercise equipment the same time that the monitor did, and was able to photograph it crawling out of the water.

Water Monitor (Varanus salvator) in Lumpani Park, Bangkok

Water Monitor (Varanus salvator) in Lumpani Park, Bangkok

Soon it was weaving its way through the exercisers. At first it they seemed irrelevant, just more travelers on the day.

Water Monitor (Varanus salvator) in Lumpani Park, Bangkok

Water Monitor (Varanus salvator) in Lumpani Park, Bangkok

But soon the crowd got a little bigger, and became a mix of interested onlookers snapping photos and frightened folk trying to get out of the way as quick as possible.

Water Monitor (Varanus salvator) in Lumpani Park, Bangkok

Water Monitor (Varanus salvator) in Lumpani Park, Bangkok

Water Monitor (Varanus salvator) in Lumpani Park, Bangkok

The big water monitor, just trying to get where it was going, walked through all the traffic…

Water Monitor (Varanus salvator) in Lumpani Park, Bangkok

…made its way over to the next section of canal…

Water Monitor (Varanus salvator) in Lumpani Park, Bangkok

Water Monitor (Varanus salvator) in Lumpani Park, Bangkok

…and swam off into the sunset!

Water Monitor (Varanus salvator) in Lumpani Park, Bangkok

Monitors generally focus on dead animals, snails, crabs, and other small creatures, and aren’t interested in going after people at all. That being said, they will use their tail, claws, or teeth if they are threatened, and it’s a good idea to leave them alone.

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Posted by on November 22, 2013 in Herping adventures

 

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One response to “The Giant Lizards of Lumpani

  1. Jocke

    March 1, 2014 at 3:42 am

    Hello please contact me to my hotmail! Im going to thailand soon and i am a big fan off reptiles and amfibians! best regards

     

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