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:
When you visit the parks, you’ll see them just lounging alongside the canals:
Or 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:
From time to time, they’ll even be hanging out up in the trees
You might catch them making baby water monitors
Young monitors 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 these fantastic Bangkok residents just walk on by…