Location: Makunda Christian Hospital campus, Karimganj District, Assam
Date: 19th April 2012
Equipment: Nikon D300s with Sigma 150-500mm OS lens
I found this beautiful juvenile monitor in one of my favorite locations yesterday. He was basking in the sun among thick vegetation with his snout pointing towards the ground.
( I have turned this picture 90 degree clockwise for easy viewing)
Size: 1 feet approx
Juvenile Bengal monitor
Here you can see the habitat and the sheer height he had attained, in search of sunlight perhaps.
Cropped from the original.
Found this guy high up a huge tree,more than 15m above the ground. He eventually climbed up to the branch on top and just basked.
Rescue of a Bengal Monitor
A 4.2 ft long Bengal Monitor Varanus bengalensis was rescued by Mr. Rajib Rudra Tariang, Asst. Prof. Department of Digboi College, Digboi, with help of Mr. Prafulla Gogoi, Forester I, Digboi Forest range. On being informed by Mrs. Deepali Saikia Kakati, an IOCL employee, Mr. Tariang rushed to the spot and rescued the same from the system department of IOCL. Mr. Tariang also informed Mr. Bibhas Mitra, a wildlife conservationsit and a photographer to assist the same. Mr. Sandeep Dey and Mr. Chinmoyee Handique students of Zoology Department, Digboi College was also present during the rescue operation. Later it brought to Digboi College for observation and identified the sex and it is a male. Afternoon, it was released in the Digboi Oil Field forest, which is closed to the rescue site. It falls under Schedule I of Wildlife [Protection] Act and its capture leads to 7-12 years imprisonment and under IUCN it is in Appendix I and also a vulnerable species. It feeds on insects, crabs, snail, frogs, birds eggs and other reptiles.
Land Monitor (Varanus bengalensis) at at Uda Walawe National Park, Sri Lanka. Photographed on 24 July 2007
The Bengal monitor (Varanus bengalensis) or common Indian monitor, is a monitor lizard found widely distributed over South Asia. This large lizard is mainly terrestrial, and grows to about 175 cm from the tip of the snout to the end of the tail. Young monitors may be more arboreal, but adults mainly hunt on the ground, preying mainly on arthropods, but also taking small terrestrial vertebrates, ground birds, eggs and fish. Although large monitors have few predators...