the Clouded Monitor

We stumbled upon this huge Clouded Monitor (Varanus nebulosus) almost immediately after embarking upon a 5 hour jungle trek at Kaeng Krachan National Park. These creatures are carnivorous and can grow up to 1.5 metres long. To my eyes this one seemed to be nearly that size. It allowed me to get quite close to it, but as it started to make this strange sound I decided it’s probably best to stop there. I grew up watching the Jurassic Park movies, so there is something utterly fascinating about monitor lizards. Perhaps it’s that they are kind of a reminder of the jurassic era. According to the available evidence monitor lizards and their close relatives the heloderms (Gila lizards) and lanthonotids (earless monitors) probably originated in northern Asia at least 90 million years ago. Around this time the reign of the dinosaurs was coming to an end.


Original size: 3872 x 2592
f/6.3 | 1/60 sec | ISO 400


Original size: 3872 x 2592
f/6.3 | 1/60 sec | ISO 400


Original size: 3872 x 2178
f/6.3 | 1/80 sec | ISO 400


Original size: 3872 x 2592
f/4 | 1/50 sec | ISO 125


Date taken: 25.5.2012 | Location: Kaeng Krachan National Park, Thailand

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About j.t.l.

I’m a creative minded finnish fellow who is passionate about photography, making music, and traveling among many other things.

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