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Video footage of Varanus exanthematicus in Ghana Print E-mail

Whilst recycling old video tapes for the butaan project I found this long-lost footage of Varanus exanthematicus in the wild.

 

 

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To mark the export of half a million savannah monitors from Africa for the pet trade in the 21st century “The Truth about Varanus exanthematicus has been released as an ebook.  

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This video was shot in the coastal plain of Ghana in 2003. Bature Seidu Ali and Wahabo Belu catch animals for the international pet trade. Here they are accompanying young Polly while I am in hospital recovering from malaria. The quality of the footage is poor but this is probably the only footage of this species it its natural environment.


 
 

 

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butaan7.jpgWe use feces to investigate diet and activity areas of butaan. In total we have examined more than 1500 samples, possibly the largest ever collected for a single population of reptiles.  Butaan and their relatives are huge specialised frugivores, much bigger than any other specialised frugivorous animal in  the Philippines. They need a constant supply of fruit but lack the wings that allow other frugivores to forage in different forest fragments. Large and immobile, the butaan depends on a very narrow range of foods.

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