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A Preliminary Study of the Ecology of the Crocodile Monitor Lizard Varanus salvadorii Print E-mail

 andreas croc monitor 300.jpg The crocodile monitor, Varanus salvadorii, is one of the largest and most enigmatic lizards in the world, but virtually nothing is known about its natural history and ecology. Previous attempts to study the animals have not been successful, so although it is regularly seen in captivity it remains almost unknown in the wild. This study aims to demonstrate the feasibility of detailed studies of the ecology of crocodile monitors by employing high effort camera trapping in an area known to be occupied by the lizards. The project costs are minimised because field work will be conducted alongside an existing project at Variarata National Park, Papua New Guinea. During February 2020 we will set camera traps in places likely to be used by the lizards, which will be maintained by local rangers for at least a year. The success of the project depends on adequate camera trapping effort, and we need funding to buy camera traps. The preferred device for this project is the Reconyx Hyperfire 2 Covert IR, which costs about $450 in the UK.  We hope to set 26 of these devices, which will allow almost 10,000 days of camera trapping over the year.  Please considering sponsoring a camera, or part of a camera, to help us learn more about this extraordinary animal.

  Click here for full details of the project. Image courtesy of Andreas Iosifakis.

 
 

 

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Savannah Monitor Book

 

Our pet-owners' guide to savannah monitor lizard is the first ever written by people who have studied the animals in the wild and bred them in captivity. There are at least seven books in print about the savannah monitor, but we think this is the only one worth reading! Last few available 

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The Butaan Project
The Butaan Project - Background and History
butaan2.jpgThe butaan was first described to science in 1845 from a juvenile specimen collected by Hugh Cuming. It was labelled only "Philippines". It was named Varanus grayi.  No other specimens came to light for over 120 years. In the 1970s Walter Auffenberg found another specimen with a location in Luzon, established that its correct scientific name was Varanus olivaceus, and undertook a 22 month study of the species based in Bicol. His study revealed that butaan occupy a unique ecological niche and have a lifestyle quite unlike any other monitor lizard. Auffenberg used local hunters with dogs to catch the animals. Of 126 butaan caught during his study, 116 animals were killed.
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