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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Fred

Rodney and I were chilling at a cabana in Club Med when a ginormous lizard that looked like it had just crawled out of Jurassic Park approached us.
On any ordinary day, I would have freaked out big time and out-sprinted Usain Bolt to safety! But I had earlier read about the presence of these friendly monitor lizards in the resort and was actually looking forward to meeting one.
The stuff horror movies are made of

These critters are everywhere at the village resort. They don't look too friendly, do they? Apparently, they are not interested in humans as meals despite their scary appearance.

Rodney named it Fred because it looked like a Fred!
Fred seemed to enjoy our company and hung out with us the whole morning. He even snuggled up to Rodney's feet!

While I was reading a book and Rodney was messing with his phone, Fred dug holes around our cabana, presumably looking for food.  Now I know why there were curious holes all over the resort grounds!
Fred allowed me to touch him! His skin felt kinda scaly and hard; not my idea of a warm and cuddly pet though!

When it was time to say goodbye, we were kinda sad to leave our newly acquainted friend.

Fred's buddy. This one had a huge belly and was chowing on pancakes!
Fun Facts

Monitor lizards (Varanus Indicus) are carnivores. They use their venom to kill their prey. Fortunately, the venom has a relatively mild effect on humans.
These lizards are naturally shy and would rather stay away from humans. Like most wild animals, they do not attack unless provoked. As long as you keep your distance and leave them alone, you will be fine.

On the rare occasion that you are bitten, seek medical attention immediately. Although their venom is not fatal, the main cause for concern would be bacterial infection from the bite.

Another one of Fred's buddies
Some of these lizards can grow up to 3 metres (9.8 ft) long!

The above photos taken by my crummy phone don't do justice to how a real monitor lizard looks like.

Below is a photo I snagged from the internet just to give you an idea how formidable it really is.

In Chinese, we call it "four-legged snake". It kinda looks like a cross between a snake and an alligator.

Often, these monitor lizards are mistaken for Komodo Dragons, their more aggressive cousins. Those, you don't want to mess with. Trust me! Their saliva is extremely venomous
image credit - Smithsonian.com
That forked tongue! 


25 comments:

Aditya Narayan Mohanty said...

I really hate lizard .

Lin said...

That's cool that you got to see Fred...although I am thinking that he's gonna get himself in trouble being too friendly with the tourists. Once people start petting him and giving him human food, it rarely ends well. Stay safe, Fred!

Sandee said...

I'll let you do the petting, but I enjoyed the history lesson.

Have a fabulous day. ♥

betty said...

They would freak me out if I first saw them, but then I would want to learn more about them too. They seem perfectly at home there, don't they?

betty

Mary (cactus catz) said...

Wow, that's pretty cool that they are so friendly.

Enda Sheppard said...

Fascinating ... even if I would rather not get to close myself!! #GlobabBlogging

Hena Tayeb said...

Oh so creepy.. no offence to Fred.
We saw a few iguana's when we were an Mexico.. hen were promptly told by a local how his grandma makes great iguana soup ?!

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Alexandra said...

Wow, that's what you call a fantasy style holiday, Veronica. You even had "dragons" at your resort! Ha! Ha! While they look kind of fun, I think I would keep my distance. I'm the poor sucker who would probably get an ankle bit. ;-)

Moving Meditation said...

Very cool! He DOES look like a Fred! #globalblogging

stevebethere said...

What a nice story but what I want to know is did you keep in touch with Fred since text, email, fax or letter maybe? :-) :-)

Have a fdtastic week Veronica :-)

csuhpat1 said...

Beautiful photos. I love monitor lizards and think that they are groovy. Thanks for sharing this.

alissa apel said...

I think they are so interesting! So prehistoric looking. Their tongues - wow! I'd be out there taking photos of it for sure.

Mellie said...

That is one big lizard!! I don't like the small ones too much so I don't think I would like that one at all... LOL!

Tracy Albiero said...

Wow it is not every day you get to hang out with the likes of Fred. #bloggerclubUK

Sarah Howe said...

Wow this is huge but fun to pet and learn a little more about them. Some great shots too! Thanks for sharing with #bloggersbest x

pilch92 15andmeowing said...

Yikes! Creatures like this are why I love living in a place with cold winters.:)

Heather Keet said...

I'm terrified by lizards in general but I don't mind viewing them from a safe perch! #GlobalBlogging

mummyhereandthere said...

He is lovely and what a cool smile to have at home X #thatfridaylinky

Jeremy Barnes said...

thats pretty neat. There were a lot of lizards running around our resort in Aruba on our honeymoon ten years ago. I won't discuss how much time my wife spent running around trying to pet them #thatfridaylinky

Diy Daddy said...

It’s cool but I would not go anywhere near that Thank you for linking to #Thatfridaylinky please come back next week

Daydreamer Mum said...

What a fabulous sight. Not sure I'd be brave enough to go for a stroke of him though #globalblogging

indah nuria Savitri said...

oooh my... I might be running way from it as well :). he looks cool, though..

Tanza Erlambang - Every Day Issues said...

lizards looks friendly.

Rhonda Gales said...

You are so brave. There is no way that I would have approached or touched that lizard. You go girl, lol.

«†MyFaithIsOverFlowing†» said...

oh nonononono Im not that brave. Great picture though :-)