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|Varanus salvator, the Asian Water Monitor, is a close relative of the more famous Komodo dragon (V. komodoensis). This is a rather large lizard; males grow to about 2.5 m or so. In Ujung Kulon National Park they patrol the beach without worrying about hunters. Indonesia exports about 300,000 skins of this species a year and it is still considered one of the most common large lizard we have! Some specimens are also exported as pets. If you like having monstrous sized pets and have the facilities to keep them properly, this is the species to get! I do NOT recommend this species as a pet for the average person! Watching them in nature is a lot more fascinating than having a Komodo-dragon look-alike that begs for food in the house.|
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I have to agree with your critique, I wouldn't want one in the house. I wish the photo was a bit sharper but I bet you had to take it in a hurry!