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 featured them again. Once you know how to look, it’s amazing how many you’ll see!

An Asian Water Monitor in its natural habitat is a magnificent sight:

Asian water monitor Varanus salvator bangkok thailand lumpani park

When you visit the parks, you’ll see them just lounging alongside the canals:

Asian water monitor Varanus salvator bangkok thailand lumpani park

Or swimming in them.

Asian water monitor Varanus salvator bangkok thailand lumpani park swimming

Sometimes they move through the water slowly, hunting for food:

Asian water monitor Varanus salvator bangkok thailand lumpani park hunting
Asian water monitor Varanus salvator bangkok thailand lumpani park hunting in water
Asian water monitor Varanus salvator bangkok thailand lumpani park hunting for snails in water

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!

Asian water monitor Varanus salvator bangkok thailand lumpani park eating fish carrion dead meat
Asian water monitor Varanus salvator bangkok thailand lumpani park eating fish

They have a certain interesting appearance when they’re walking over land:

Asian water monitor Varanus salvator bangkok thailand chatuchak park

From time to time, they’ll even be hanging out up in the trees

Asian water monitor Varanus salvator bangkok thailand chatuchak park in tree
Asian water monitor Varanus salvator bangkok thailand in tree

You might catch them making baby water monitors

Asian water monitor Varanus salvator bangkok thailand lumpani park mating

Young monitors are very very small (these are only ~35cm long!)

Asian water monitor Varanus salvator bangkok thailand baby
Asian water monitor Varanus salvator bangkok thailand baby

But old monitors can be very, very big! (this one was over 230cm long! And fat!)

Asian water monitor Varanus salvator bangkok thailand enormous obese

To get a better idea of the size of these beasts, here are some attempted scaled shots that friends of mine posed for:

Asian water monitor Varanus salvator bangkok thailand lumpani park
Asian water monitor Varanus salvator bangkok thailand lumpani park

That’s all I have for today. Don’t let these fantastic Bangkok residents just walk on by…

Asian water monitor Varanus salvator bangkok thailand lumpani park