Meet Mr Lizowsky, our resident monitor lizard. He’s scouting the grounds looking for todays lunch. His powerful tail and claws make him look like a modern day dinosaur.
Land monitors reach a maximum snout to vent length of about 140 cm in Sri Lanka and large specimens can weigh over 10 kg. Land monitors spend the nights in burrows, where their body temperature decreases. The following morning they must raise their body temperatures by basking before commencing activity, hence they are rarely active early in the morning.
By lunchtime, he’s ravenous for tiny prey and will feast on beetles, grubs, orthopterans, scorpions, snails, ants and other small invertebrates – all of which are consumed in enormous numbers.
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