Yesterday, the fourth day in my new home, I opened my front door and found an enormous monitor lizard, or biawak. I had my camera in hand but by the time I exclaimed and pulled it out of the pouch, the creature had sped off around the house. Its long nails clacked and clattered on the cement as it ran. It was easily over three feet long (that’s meter in Bahasa Malaysia) from nose to tail. I followed around but it had disappeared into the jungle that forms the back edge of my property. I’m not sure what kind of Monitor it was, though I caught a rerun of Animal Planet at the airport, with that crazy Australian, and he was manhandling what looks like the same kind. Monitor lizards are all Varanus spp. Here’s a fan page with lots of neat pictures.
Breaking: Biawak Crosses the Road, Motives Unknown. pic.twitter.com/Nlj4Jn5icJ
— Sir Zayn (@bingregory) July 16, 2014