A juvenile Asian water monitor or kabaragoya, as it’s known locally, suns itself on a tree hanging over the Gin Oya, in Sri Lanka. This was shot as part of my photo-piece, Waterworld Waikkal, in the December issue of Explore Sri Lanka. For more pictures and the full article, follow the link.
A well-camouflaged female kabaragoya was almost impossible to spot until I was less than ten metres away. She looked around two metres in length, but males can grow up to three metres and weigh in at over 50kg, making these the second-heaviest lizards in the world, second only to the Komodo dragon. For more images of these coastal wetlands go to my article Waterworld Waikkal in the December issue of Explore Sri Lanka.