Malayan Water Monitor (Varanus salvator)
Lorong Halus, 29th April 2017

This very young Malayan Water Monitor had most likely been hit and killed by a passing vehicle.

Clouded Monitor (Varanus nebulosus)
Island Club Road, 14th March 2017

This very young Clouded Monitor was seen near the entrance of Island Club Road. It had most likely been run over by a passing vehicle.

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.

Photos: Levin Foo Facebook and Junyan Kau Facebook

Water Monitor Lizard spotted on Upper Serangoon Road during peak hour
By Melissa Zhu, 4th February 2017;

Motorists along Upper Serangoon Road on Friday evening (Feb 3) had to make their way around an unusual roadblock – a huge Water Monitor Lizard (Varanus salvator) lying across more than half a lane.

A Facebook Live video posted at 5.18pm showed the reptile sprawled on the road, unmoving, for about a minute, while cars manoeuvred around it.

The man who took the video, who wanted to be identified only as “Mr Lim” said he spotted a “black shadow” on the road before the exit to the Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway. As it was raining at the time, he said he initially thought that the object was rubbish or fallen branches.

It was only when he saw the Lizard’s head move that he realised what it was.

Mr Lim added that he was able to take the video as he had stopped at a red light, near the reptile, but moved on when the lights changed.

Another witness, who wanted to be identified as “Mr Foo”, told Channel NewsAsia that the Lizard – which he took to be a Crocodile at first – was alive when he passed it, and that he saw it slowly moving to the side.

Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES) deputy chief executive Kalai Vanan told Channel NewsAsia that members of the animal rights group went to the scene, but could not find the Water Monitor Lizard.

Mr Kalai added that the group saw photos that showed the Lizard upside down, suggesting that it could have been run over by a vehicle.

“This part of Upper Serangoon Road is close to adjacent nature areas – mainly Upper Serangoon River and Punggol Park. The Lizard probably got stranded trying to cross the road,” he said.

Mr Kalai said that ACRES would continue to monitor the situation to see if it would get further calls about the Lizard. He also urged members of the public to call ACRES at +65 9783 7782 if they saw wild animals in distress.

“However, when spotted on roads, time is of the essence. If possible and it is safe, members of public can try and divert traffic while waiting for our arrival. This will ensure the safety of the animal and drivers or riders.”

The Water Monitor is the most common Monitor Lizard found in Singapore and can grow as long as three metres, according to NParks’ website, which added that the reptiles can be found in forests and mangrove swamps, as well as man-made canals.

Source: Channel NewsAsia

There was a slight traffic jam as vehicles slowed to avoid running over the creature.
Photo: Levin Foo Facebook

Monitor Lizard ‘run over’ after holding up traffic near KPE exit in Buangkok
By Lydia Lam, 3rd February 2017;

A large Monitor Lizard (Varanus salvator) was seen on a road in the Buangkok area near the Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE) on Friday (Feb 3), causing a slight traffic jam as vehicles carefully manoeuvred around it.

A photo of the reptile was posted on Facebook by Mr Levin Foo, 31, at 6.07pm on Friday.

Mr Foo, who is self-employed, told The Straits Times that the creature was 2m to 3m long and appeared to him like a Crocodile at first.

It occupied the second lane on a road in Buangkok, at the KPE exit towards Sengkang.

Mr Foo tried honking at the Lizard to get it to move, along with other motorists, but it did not budge initially.

He then got out of the car in the rain, along with another motorist, and tried to coax the Lizard to the side.

“Everyone tried to avoid it,” said Mr Foo. “Others took pictures from inside their cars.”

There was a slight traffic jam as vehicles slowed to avoid running over the creature, which Mr Foo said could have come from a nearby canal.

The Lizard was unhurt when he left and had moved to the side of the road, Mr Foo said. He and his friend tried contacting the Animal Concerns Research & Education Society (ACRES) to retrieve the lizard.

Deputy chief executive officer of ACRES, Mr Kalai Vanan, told The Straits Times on Friday that ACRES was aware of the incident.

Mr Kalai, who manages the animal care and wildlife rescue department, said they had received updated photos and believe the animal was run over and has died, although ACRES has not yet confirmed this.

The Lizard could have come from the surrounding green spaces including the Sungei Serangoon Park Connector and Punggol Park, he said.

“Water Monitor Lizards are commonly found throughout the island,” said Mr Kalai. “Unfortunately, because we are heavily urbanised, wild animals often get stranded, and in this case, fall victims to traffic accidents.”

In November last year, water sport activities in Marina Reservoir were suspended after the sighting of a Monitor Lizard which was initially mistaken for a Crocodile.

In September last year, a Monitor Lizard wandered onto the Singapore Grand Prix circuit during final practice.

Source: The Straits Times

Malayan Water Monitor (Varanus salvator)
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve, 28th December 2014

This carcass of a Malayan Water Monitor was found on the mudflats at Eagle Point. A photo was taken by Sankar Ananthanarayanan and shared on Facebook.

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Malaysia: Animal cruelty displayed at its best as man repeatedly runs over Monitor Lizard to death with his motorcycle
8th December 2016;

Whatever the reason may be, animal cruelty is never acceptable.

A video of a man repeatedly running over – what appears to be – a Monitor Lizard with his motorcycle has enraged netizens, condemning the act as inhumane and uncalled for.

The video that ran for a minute and thirty-three seconds depict the man on his motorcycle abusing the animal for “eating their fish stocks” while his fellow counterpart records and can be heard laughing like a hyena in the background.

But clearly running it over wasn’t enough for the man as he then proceeds to hit the Lizard with a stick – presumably a hoe until it appeared dead.

Oomedianetworks uploaded the video on their Facebook page yesterday and received over 17k views, and netizens didn’t refrain from expressing their two cents.

Clearly, there are other civilised and humane ways for the duo to tackle the animal, like capturing it and releasing it elsewhere or buck up their security – it didn’t have to come to this as no animal deserves to endure such torment.

Source: Malaysian Digest

Thailand: Kindness is ‘here’
28th June 2016;

Social media members show their respect and admiration for a group of people who worked together to rescue a Malayan Water Monitor Lizard (Varanus salvator) that was hit by a car in Bangkok.

Facebook user Jira Niyom posted several photos of the rescue on Monday and wrote: “I would like to thank Soonthorn Katecha for paying the bills and contacting the veterinarian, Juk Noppol for placing traffic cones around the injured monitor lizard to prevent other vehicles running over it, Rachane for taking the animal to the vet, Dr Piyawutthi for deducting his professional fee, and Chantharang for a donation.”

Net users praised this group of “kind hearted” people for unreservedly helping Thailand’s “most hated” reptile. The Thai world for a Monitor Lizard sounds like “here” and the term is mostly used as a curse, like the “F word”, to express disgust, anger, sadness or surprise.

A Facebook user commented that all lives are precious, and the Monitor Lizard was fortunate to meet these nice volunteers.

“The Monitor Lizard is now safe and has been released. If the animal understood the situation, I believe it would want to say ‘thank you’ to these people,” the poster wrote.

Source: Bangkok Post