Indian Monitor Lizard
This young Indian monitor lizard Varanus bengalensis makes itself at home, camouflaged well against the trunk of a tree in the Achanakmar Tiger Reserve. The monitor may grow to 175 cm. from tip of the tail to its snout. Adults tend to hunt on the ground, while young monitors favour trees, where, safe from larger predators, they hunt smaller prey including birds and even insects.
Photo: Gaurav Shirodkar