My first herping adventure post was a monitor wandering through Lumpani Park. These giants are so ubiquitous in Bangkok that I thought it was about time I made another post. Honestly, once you know how to look, it’s amazing how many you’ll see!
Water Monitors can be seen at the temples and monuments:
When you visit the parks, you’ll see them just lounging alongside the canals:
Or even swimming in them!
Sometimes they move through the water slowly, hunting for food:
Though they’re huge, mostly they only eat crabs, snails, frogs, and other such small creatures…or trash and dead fish when they can find it!
They have a certain interesting appearance when they’re walking over land:
And they can make beautiful waterfall decorations
From time to time, they’ll even be hanging out up in the trees
You might catch them making baby water monitors
Young monitors, by the way, are very very small (these are only ~35cm long!)
But old monitors can be very, very big! (this one was over 230cm long! And fat!)
To get a better idea of the size of these beasts, here are some attempted scaled shots that friends of mine posed for:
That’s all I have for today. Don’t let the monitors walk on by without noticing these fantastic Bangkok residents…