Varan spotted in Delhi! Is the reptile poisonous? Where is it commonly found? Check details

By nature, monitor lizards stay away from humans, but when provoked they can attack. (Image: Twitter, HGS Dhaliwal)

Monitor lizard spotted in Delhi: Fear of being exposed to coronavirus infection has seen most of us stay at home for the past few months. But those Delhiites who have stayed home in order to stay isolated and protected from harm may well be in for a shock as an elusive monitor lizard has recently been spotted in Delhi.

The image of a monitor lizard spotted in the capital was shared on Twitter by IPS HGS Officer Dhaliwal. And like every other social media trend, it’s also led to a ton of memes – with some netizens calling the house where the lizard was spotted as ‘Jurrasic Bhavan’.

When asked where the lizard was found, Dhaliwal replied that it was spotted in the Chhatarpur region, which is located near the foothills of the Aravalli mountain range in Gurugram. Dhaliwal’s tweet has been retweeted over 1,000 times and “liked” over 5,600 times on the microblogging site.

By nature, monitor lizards stay away from humans, but when provoked they can attack. According to a report by HT, the statutory board of the Singapore government, the National Parks Board (NParks), said that the venom of monitor lizards has a slight effect on humans, but they use their venom to kill small animals.

That’s not the only time social media matters to the monitor lizard lately. Earlier last week, a video of a monitor lizard fighting off and defending an attack by two dogs for three minutes went viral. This incident took place in the Pauri district of Uttarakhand.

Monitor lizards are an endangered species and are therefore protected under the provisions of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972. Monitor lizards are known to be great wildlife survivors and they rely heavily on their well-developed tails, claws, and limbs for defense. There are about 80 recognized species of monitor lizards worldwide and they are commonly found in Africa, Asia, and Oceania. They are now also listed as an invasive species in the Americas.

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