Asian Water Monitor (Varanus salvator)
Lumphini Park, in the heart of Bangkok, is home to dozens of lizards, Asian Water Monitors (Varanus salvator). Smaller relatives of the Komodo dragon (at 3-5 feet long), the may be seen at certain places in the park, crawling on the grass and swimming in the water of the lake.
They are the second-largest lizard species in the world (after Komodo dragons) and are widespread throughout the southern portion of the Asian continent and nearby Indonesian islands. Despite their size and intimidating scaly smile, they aren't dangerous to humans. When it comes to food, they much prefer small animals like fish and turtles.
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