Thursday, May 10, 2012

Water Monitor Lizard (Varanus salvator), Sumatra Indonesia


Photos in this post were taken in Bengkulu Sumatra Indonesia. This lizard is from the family of Varanidae under genus of Varanus. The scientific name for this species is Varanus salvator (Laurenti, 1768)

This lizard is a large species of monitor lizard. It is sometimes found in 2m long or more near the river of Bengkulu Sumatra Indonesia. It is a fast runner on land and a good swimmer on river. The one in this photo is about 1.5 metres (4.9 ft) long. 

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Sauria/Lacertilia
Family: Varanidae
Genus: Varanus
Species: V. salvator
Binomial name : Varanus salvator (Laurenti, 1768)

Reference:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_monitor

Kata kunci: Biawak, reptil