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ATAÚRO IS., DILI DISTRICT, TIMOR-LESTE

 


TIMOR-LESTE REPTILE & AMPHIBIAN SURVEY
PHASE VI: BIG LIZARDS AND DROWNED RATS

I took a team out to the swamp to check the trap and to our surprise there was something inside it. As we approached the something started to get excited and hiss loudly at us - we had caught a monitor lizard (Varanus sp.), a large one and possibly the one that had been raiding and trashing our earlier traps. The team posed with the trapped lizard and then we returned triumphant to camp.

A large male monitor lizard in a monito- proof trap The triumphant team: Zito, Zach, Scott, Justin, Caitlin, Aaren and Sven

Everyone was excited to see the adult male varanid and it calmed down to handleable very quickly so everyone could have their photos taken with it. Other guests at Barry's Place came to see it, as did Barry with his two sons Marty and Mickey.

The author with the adult male monitor Zito and Mark introduce Barry and his sons to the big lizard
Ataúro monitor lizard
Varanus
sp.

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