Malayan water monitor (Varanus salvator) in Laos. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler, 2009.
This big lizard is adept at tree-climbing and can reach 1.5 meters in length. The IUCN Red List has yet to evaluate the status of this species; however it is poached in much of its range for its meat.
To see more animals from Laos: Wildlife in Laos.
NOTE: this image was originally tagged as the “Clouded monitor lizard” but reader “Ivan” suggested a correction was needed.