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The rediscovery of the Common Water Monitor Lizard Varanus salvator (Squamata: Varanidae) in northern Myanmar
- On 09 June 2015, a Common Water Monitor Varanus salvator (Laurenti, 1768) was observed and photographed (Image 1) on the Campus of Banmaw University, Banmaw (Bhamo), Kachin State, Myanmar (24˚ 18' 15" N and 97˚ 15' 52" E). Subsequently, a second individual was observed 140 km to the west at Banmauk, Sagaing Division (24˚ 24' N and 95˚ 51' E). These two observations are the first records of Varanus salvator from Upper Myanmar since Anderson (1878). It would be interesting to conduct follow-up studies to determine whether this is indeed a relict northern population.
Sai Sein Lin Oo
Bates, Paul Jeremy James
- Journal of Threatened Taxa