A Conversation for Colours of Wildlife: Nile Monitor

I hope you leased that lizard you caught

Post 1

paulh, hiding under my bed

Hi, Willem

It's refreshing to see photos accompanying your articles.

You held up a Nile Monitor to show its markings and also give an idea of its relative size. This raises some questions. Was this an adult specimen? If so, how would it be big enough to prey on cats and dogs?

If the latter is a silly question, that just means I'm not familiar with predators.


I hope you leased that lizard you caught

Post 2

Willem

Hi Paulh! Actually it's Ruan holding the monitor.

No this was quite a young specimen, less than half the length of a full-grown one. I would say it would need to get about twice this size to be a danger to a typical cat!

We released it after capture, it had its territory close to our camp and we saw it a few times afterward so it was quite all right.


I hope you leased that lizard you caught

Post 3

paulh, hiding under my bed

Okay, that meets the common-sense test. When I've read about monitor lizards or seen pictures of them, they always seemed to five or six feet long -- definitely a threat to all but the largest cats or dogs. And I they have escaped captivity in places like Florida, and are breeding there, and have a taste for alligator eggs, I foresee some turmoil. Glad I don't go to Florida....


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