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Malayan water monitor (Varanus salvator)

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.

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