If You Love Dragons, Then You Have The Borneo Earless Monitor Lizard

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There are people who love lizards. They have them as their pets and love them as much as we love little dogs. In the event that you are a parent for a reptile, then this post may get you up on your toes!

Out of 6000 different species of lizards, 79 of them are monitor lizards. Komodo Dragon is the largest of the monitor lizards. They grow up to 10 feet long. The bodies of these dragons are around 16 inches, with short appendages and sharp claws. They have sharp blue eyes and are sensitive to temperatures of 26-28 degrees Celsius.

Most of the monitor lizards are built with long muscular tails and sharp claws. Larger monitors live on the ground and the smaller ones live peacefully on trees.

Now that you have a brief insight on lizards let me introduce you to the long-awaited dragon we are going to talk about. This special species is called as the Borneo Earless Monitor lizard.

These semiaquatic, brown lizards are native to the Southeast Asian Island of Borneo. Experts call them “the Holy Grail of herpetologists.” 

Due to their scarcity, the zoologists barely have any information regarding them. 

The first discovery occurred in 1877, and since then scientists and collectors had only captured less than hundred of specimens.

The reptile enthusiasts have named them “the Holy Grail of Herpetology” because of its rarity and mystique. 

It has been found out that these species are the only living creatures in the family,  Lanthanotidae, and they related to the true monitor lizards. 

Their scientific name is Lanthanotus borneensis (literally, “hidden ear from Borneo,” named for its lack of external ear openings).

I know, you must be thinking of having them as a pet. I ain’t gonna lie but they do look really magnificent. But I got some bad news for you because it ain’t going to happen. 

First and foremost, you cannot keep wild animals as your pets. This earless monitor lizard has been on protection program in Malaysia since 1971, in Brunei since 1978, and in Indonesia since 1980. Only a hundred of lizards have been kept in captivity for the studying process. They are THAT rare! However, fortunately at the Prague zoo, five earless monitor lizards have been born in captivity. The members are trying to increase the species regardless of the huge amount of effort and finance. 

As of September 2016, the earless monitor lizard received international protection under Appendix II listing of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) meaning trade is closely controlled and is not allowed without a CITES export permit.

 

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