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Monitors and Mankind Print E-mail
ImageOur relationship with monitor lizards stretches back over 90,000,000 years. For almost all of this time they have been the predators and we the prey. The first documented cases of predation on monitor lizards by humans date back about 40,000 years (King 1962). Today mankind's relationship with the monitors  is a complex one. They are undoubtedly the most important of the lizards to the human race.
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Sexing Monitor Lizards Print E-mail
ImageObviously in order to attempt to breed monitor lizards it is necessary to have at least one male and one female. Unfortunately they are notoriously difficult animals to sex.
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Varanus griseus Print E-mail
ImageVaranus griseus is one of the most widespread monitor lizards. It has an enormous range, occurring from the Sahara Desert through the Arabian Peninsula and the deserts of central Asia as far east as northern India. Within this massive area three subspecies are currently recognised, which will be discussed separately.
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The History of Monitor Lizards Print E-mail

 

As the monitors spread across the Earth experiencing different habitats and climates they diversified. Over many millions of years this process has resulted in the emergence of at least seventy or eighty (probably many thousands of) species. Some of them appeared to have died out quickly, whilst other, apparently ancient, species have survived until the present.

 

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Megalania prisca by Iain Curran, 1995

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Bibliography of Monitor Lizards Print E-mail

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Bibliography of Monitor Lizards

Extract from A Little Book of Monitor Lizards © D. Bennett 1995. Viper Press, UK

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English translations of papers marked # are available here >>

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Bye Bye Butaan

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Butaan start to visit fruiting trees before they are large enough to swallow the fruits. They make repeat journeys to trees, perhaps to reinforce memory of the position of the tree. If the youngster survives it may continue to use this tree for many decades. Fruiting trees like this are a vital resource for entire populations of butaan. Learn more >


 
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The Butaan Project
Butaan are Obligate Frugivores!
An obligate frugivore is an animal whose diet throughout its range consist largely of fruit. Other obligate frugivores in the Philippines include flying foxes, hornbills and other birds. The butaan is much larger than any other obligate frugivore in the Philippines and had a much more restricted diet; on Polillo the diet of adult butaan consists almost entirely of eight species of fruits and two species of snails.

 

 

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