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Re: Rock Monitor

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Mon Nov 03, 2008 5:45 pm

We have one that feeds on the tree squirrels that sleep in our roof every now and then :D Most aggressive guy I've met, lashing his tail madly and hissing when we got out the car and noticed him up in the ceiling! :D

They also use thanatosis(Playing dead) to get predators to move along, I have a photo of one that I had to remove from a guests bedroom at a lodge...When I put it down, it just limped over onto its back and lay there....After a bout 10 mintues, once I had moved off a bit(watching it while sitting on a chair), it shot up and walked off as if nothing had happened :D

As Imberbe mentioned, I have often seen Martial Eagles, as well as Wahlbergs eagles feasting on these lizards..The larger lizards take the Martials for a ride through the bush, making the eagle appear to be surfing some times.... and I have heard that it is a common prey of the leopard!! A great video on 50/50 showed a leopard stalk a Water monitor a long the Sabie River I think, and successfully hunt it! :D
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Re: Rock Monitor

Unread postby AFRICAT » Mon Nov 03, 2008 6:01 pm

WOW! thanks so much...you guys and gals are such treasure chests of information. Wish I had waited around longer and seen if I could get a photo of this thievery....do they hunt at night also, or would the sedentary daytime nature of the bats prove more profitable? I never cease to be amazed at what you all have to teach!

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Re: Rock Monitor

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Mon Nov 03, 2008 6:16 pm

AFRICAT, Rock Monitors, being reptiles are cold blooded, and need the suns heat to be active. I have never seen any on the move at night, mostly tucked away between rocks, in tree holes etc etc. They then appear first light in the morning, where often in the Kruger park you see their heads peeping out of tree and rock crevices where they will slowly start warming up, and moving off further to hunt :D

I think the sleeping bats during the day, and the daytime hunting anticts of the monitors just add up well for an easy meal :twisted:
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Monitor Lizard versus Squirrel

Unread postby RUMURUTI » Thu Sep 03, 2009 2:49 pm

During our recent stay at Letata my son and I had the opportunity, all alone!, to follow a big (over a meter) monitor lizard searching for something to eat p a tree and trying to capture e squirrel.
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He had no chance at all....
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Re: Monitor Lizard versus Squirrel

Unread postby iNkwazi » Thu Sep 03, 2009 2:56 pm

Amazing sighting, Rumuruti. :clap:
It's fast and nimble vs slow and cumbersome :tongue:
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Re: Monitor Lizard versus Squirrel

Unread postby BushSnake » Thu Sep 03, 2009 3:07 pm

From those pictures it looks like the squirrel escaped. Am I right? Was the monitor not maybe after baby squirels in a hole in the tree, or something else in the area? There seem to be a big hole in the tree, but I can't be sure because the angle isn't that good. The reason I ask is that that adult squirrel looks as if she (or he??) is protecting something, because she would have been able to escape quite easily from that position. Monitors may be fast, but they still can't compete against squirrels.

O, and these really are some great photos of a very interesting sighting!
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Re: Monitor Lizard versus Squirrel

Unread postby RUMURUTI » Thu Sep 03, 2009 3:11 pm

I thought the same, squirrels are very protective, but couldn't tell if there was a hole in the tree plus the chase had started at the base of the tree and went on for about 20/30 minutes.
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Re: Monitor Lizard versus Squirrel

Unread postby RUMURUTI » Thu Sep 03, 2009 3:23 pm

The squirrel made an east escape over the head of the monitor, who then gave up and stopped for nap.
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Re: Do you know what this is?

Unread postby iNkwazi » Sun Nov 15, 2009 9:27 am

Is this a baby rock monitor?

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Re: Do you know what this is?

Unread postby big5spotter » Sun Nov 15, 2009 10:10 am

It is and its very beautiful :thumbs_up:
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Monitor: Rock

Unread postby New_Fan » Fri Nov 05, 2010 9:24 am

I Found this at LS

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Re: Seen at LS

Unread postby oddesy » Fri Nov 05, 2010 9:37 am

Nice sighting New Fan! Looks like a rock Monitor and they are really good at clinging to rocks well in this case walls :lol:
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Rock Monitor

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White Throated Monitor Lizard in Shing camp?

Unread postby UKbadger » Wed Feb 06, 2013 12:43 pm

I saw a photo on the Fred Miranda site of a White Throated Monitor Lizard in Shing camp.

Do you get in White Throated Monitors in Kruger?

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Re: White Throated Monitor Lizard in Shing camp?

Unread postby BushSnake » Wed Feb 06, 2013 3:42 pm

White throated monitors are also known as rock monitors. The scientific name Varanus albigularis actually comes from albi = white + gular=throat + some latin extensions :)

Both rock and water monitors are very common throughout Kruger.
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