Clouded Monitor (Varanus nebulosus)
Bukit Drive, 15th June 2015

This Clouded Monitor was seen on a road at the edge of Hindhede Nature Park. It had most likely been run over by a passing vehicle.

Two eggs were also found on the road close to the carcass. If they did come from the Clouded Monitor’s body, it suggests that this individual was a gravid female. It’s possible that the eggs were forced out of the body from the impact of a vehicle, maybe even the same vehicle that had killed the lizard itself.

Whether the Clouded Monitor is a subspecies of the Bengal Monitor (Varanus bengalensis) or a distinct species is still a matter of some debate; some sources still lump the two of them together.

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