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I know it’s Monday, but just be thankful you didn’t wake up a yabby!

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The native water monitor lizards are a common site in South and Southeast Asia, such as this particular one spotted in Singapore. These reptiles can be as large as 3 meters long, bearing a resemblance to their cousins, Komodo dragons. While they are carnivorous eaters (and may look particularly threatening), they are harmless to humans.
Have you come across these creatures before?

Encounters, encounters amidst the flora and fauna of Botanic Gardens.
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Rare sighting of a pair of woodpeckers rapping away in full view the moment I stepped in—an appetiser. How I love that furry shock of dashing red that must have been gloriously crowned on each of them by the hand of God.
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Three monitor lizards all told—a giant of a solitary one languorous and clumsy on land, and the uncommon treat of a pair slicing ever so gracefully through the pond like ballet dancers in tandem, heading for a land of milk and honey.
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Families and families of chickens running amuck, the mother hens cantankerous while fossicking ceaselessly, their chicks chirping-trailing-falling in clumsy frenzy. The roosters? Merely standing sprightly tall and belligerent, pompously flaunting their title of man-of-the-family, now and then rushing with hot air at phantom intruders.
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And that poor inky fledgling out of its cushy nest, waiting-fluttering-waiting atop bare rocks, unable to take flight but never once braying of helplessness for fear of becoming dinner, oblivious of the four-legged, fork-tongued, cold danger waddling close by.
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I was going to take her on swim but she decided that she rather jump in one of drawers in my dresser
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Daily Cryptid #24: Buru

Hailing from the Ziro Valley of India, the Buru was first reported by westerners in 1947, by which point they were already supposedly extinct. According to the Apatani people who live in the area, the valley was a marshland when it was discovered by their ancestors. In this marsh lived the Burus, large creatures with armor-plated heads, fanged teeth in the front of their mouths with flattened teeth in the rear, three ridges going down their backs, and large rounded tails that they used for swimming. Some said they had fins, others webbed feet. In times of drought they would bury into the mud and hibernate until the waters returned. They curiously didn’t harm fish, but were dangerous to people, so the Apatani decided to drain the marsh to get rid of them. Most died as a result, though a few escaped by burrowing underground into nearby springs. The last one was supposedly killed after the spring in which it was seen was filled with clay and stones.

So just what were the Burus? Skeptics traditionally say they were crocodiles, based on their ridges and supposed danger to people. Apparently the Apatani use the term “Buru” for crocodiles as well. Cryptozoologists have suggested that they may have been a species of aquatic monitor lizard, which does fit the general description, but not all of the behavior. Based on the burrowing and hibernation during droughts, Karl Shuker has proposed that they may have been a new species of lungfish. Most likely, the Buru is a composite creature built from encounters with known crocodiles, lizards, and fish, all of which disappeared when the marsh was drained. #cryptid #buru #extinct #myth #monitorlizard #lungfish #digitalart #ipadart #procreate

Storr's monitor (varanus storri) - specie almost identical to spiny-tailed monitor. Main difference between them is distribution. .
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