Day 39: Searching for Giant Lizards

Since we first visited Singapore earlier this year, Michael has been anxious to spot a Malayan Water Monitor. We’d heard that you’re guaranteed to spot one at the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve but hadn’t ventured there yet because it’s not an easy or quick route using public transport. We got a rental car about three weeks after our arrival and gave ourselves another couple of weeks to get comfortable with driving on the left side of the road from the “passenger” seat (read: for MICHAEL to get comfortable with it – I’ve only driven from the apartment entrance to the parking lot so far).

We set out early on a Sunday and were thrilled to spot not just one Monitor, but seven or eight of them during our two-hour visit to the reserve. We also spotted several Smooth Otters, Water Skippers, and many birds including Sandpipers.

I have to admit that I wasn’t anxious to see a lizard that wiki told me could get up to 11 feet long. But upon seeing my first one, I was more in awe than I was frightened. While sometimes aggressive towards each other (we saw a wrestling match followed by a high speed chase between two lizards on our way out) they aren’t the least bit interested in humans, and slink away as soon as you get too close. Also, none of the lizards we saw were close to 11 feet. Many of them were 4-5 feet long and one was just 2 feet long.

Visit my picasa album to see all of the photos from our outing to Sungei Buloh.

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