Monday, 20 December 2010

New species of giant monitor lizard discovered


A giant species of monitor lizard that lives in trees has been discovered in the forests of the Northern Philippines, scientists have revealed.
The 6ft 6in-long brightly-coloured lizard is a secretive, fruit-eating species which was found in the forests of the heavily populated and largely deforested Luzon Island.
The discovery of the monitor lizard was described as an 'unprecedented surprise' by scientists.
The species (Varanus bitatawa) is restricted to the forests of the central and northern Sierra Madre range, where biologists have conducted relatively few surveys of reptiles and amphibians.
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