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Water Monitor

Water Monitor
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Copyright: Ian Fegent (Fege) Silver Note Writer [C: 4 W: 0 N: 13] (46)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-11
Categories: Reptiles, Amphibians
Camera: Pentax K20D, Pentax 18-250
Exposure: f/8, 1/180 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-24 0:38
Viewed: 3549
Points: 0
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Water Monitors are members of a group commonly called Goannas in Australia. This one (Mertenís Water monitor Ė Varanus mertensi) was over a metre long and wandered up to us when we were having lunch beside a creek. It didnít seem the least bit threatened by us and presumably was looking for food. They eat mainly fish, frogs and carrion and in turn can become food for crocodiles. They can stay under water for quite a while. The body is quite broad (good for swimming) although that width isnít visible here.

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