Many times we spot Monitors in our campus. There is a partially open rain-water drainage line running through our campus. It is working just like subway for reptiles. Indian Monitors usually seen near such drainage line, disappear in to it at first signal of danger. They are usually shy and avoid proximity of humans. They shows rapid movement on the ground, we saw them instantly climb up under the cars parked nearby, trying to escape from humans view!!! Although no toxicity has been reported in the Indian monitor, Locals here strongly believed these harmless lizards are venomous – frequently killed them.
Bengal monitor

We spotted these monitors at one sunny afternoon of August. It was flicking its forked tongue in and out in the manner of snake. It was hunting on the ground, preying on arthropods and sun basking. Suddenly a Common Myna came nearby and started to mob it. (Food of large Indian Monitors include ground birds and eggs) Indian monitor hide into water drainage instantly.

GMERS Medical College Campus, Dharpur, Patan, Gujarat, India

19th August 2017


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