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He is not all that slow! Saw this during my morning walk. It was such a hot morning. 😰 #malayanmonitorlizard #waterlizard #juronglake #chinesegarden #jurong #instasg #sgig #sg

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Malayan Monitor Lizard
Varanus salvator

Urban wildlife sighting on the way home.

A rather large lizard that roams the urban landscape. Although it is mainly terrestrial, it has the capability to climb trees and swim fast.
You'll start to wonder how such a formidable predator is able to grow to such huge sizes, with a record of 2-3M long specimens being caught in urban housing areas.
The tilapia and other invasive cichlids that are present in man made water channels have provided an abundant food source for well adapted predators to thrive.
Despite such an abundance, the Malayan monitor lizard has been seen eating eggs, amphibians, birds and even small mammals.
Here in an urban environment where larger animals are not present, it does not have a natural predator.
Goes to show that when you're the king, you'll definitely be spoilt for choice.
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