Where does the giant giant live?
In this article we will talk about one amazing giant animal. Despite its impressive name, it ranks third in size among its relatives.
Giant Varan compared to Komodo (amongof all varieties of lizards is unrivaled in strength and magnitude) is relatively small. The second place belongs to the striped ram, leading a semi-aquatic lifestyle. The giant giant occupies an honorable third place along with the crocodile (or Varan of the El Salvador).
Exceeds the gigantic varan of its brethren in length due to a rather long tail, and therefore received such an impressive name. He belongs to the group of Scales from the family of Varanovs.
More details about this interesting animal (what is, where the giant monitor lizard lives, on which continent) can be learned by reading this article.
Case from history
Once (1961) in the hills of Watoga (pc. New South Wales Australia), three loggers felled trees. When they rested, they suddenly heard near a crunch of branches. There was a feeling that something of a huge size is making its way through the windbreak. Standing up, the lumberjacks saw with horror an unexpected guest. An animal of six meters long approached them.
It was believed that in Australia large landanimals do not exist, and the appearance of this monster in men caused a real shock. After a while, the workers rushed to the car. Sitting in a closed car, they saw a real huge dragon appear from the thicket. He stepped with his powerful clawed paws and drove rapaciously along the sides with numerous teeth in his mouth. The animal passed by the car and, descending a steep slope, disappeared into the forest.
The Giant's Varan: Photo
This species of lizards is the third largest in the world fauna.
The upper part of the torso of the giant lizard hasCoffee color, and the back and sides are covered with black spots. His belly is painted in a light cream color. The belly of the young monitor has a distinct clear pattern, and with the old one it fades with age.
The head of the animal is elongated, and in the mouth are very sharp teeth, capable of biting the flesh of the prey. Short powerful paws of the lizard have curved very sharp claws.
The total length of the tailed animal is2.6 meters, weight - 25 kg. But usually the length of the trunk of most of the lizards does not exceed 2 meters. This value was determined by calculating the average length and weight of individuals selected by local zoologists.
The color of a giant monitor is not only lookedquite impressive, he is also an excellent camouflage suit for a reptile: it is not noticeable against the background of the vegetation dry from the heat. When running (both on four and 2 rear paws) giant giant can reach speeds of up to 3-4 kilometers per hour. The temperature of the body depends on the climatic conditions of the environment, it does not tolerate a strong heat.
The rather long tail of this giant animal most often performs the functions of attackers: its impact can knock down not only a person, but also a large animal.
On which continent does the giant monitor live? Australia (the central part of the continent and the western part) is usually considered the birthplace of a large monitor. This is Queensland.
In the Australian desert 40 thousand years ago, alreadyprimitive people were engaged in hunting. On the surviving rocks, among other extinct animals, there are images of dragons. It is possible that this giant predator was also part of the menu of ancient Aborigines.
The vast spaces of this fabulously beautifulthe mainland is not sufficiently surveyed. There is a photograph on which a person is sealed next to a huge dragon, although this is in fact unlikely. Although it is known that in cold weather in the mornings the lizards are inactive, and therefore they react sluggishly to their potential prey. Perhaps the person in the photo used this state of this animal.
Live lizards in the most arid parts of Australia: from the western part of Queensland to the western coasts of the continent. Habitats are semi-desert, desert zones and savannahs.
Habits, way of life
Leading a giant monitor (Australia) only terrestriala way of life and dwells in holes and cracks in the rocky terrain. In case of danger, he can safely be on the branch, quickly scrambling along the tree trunk.
Cubs of lizards may be prey to predators, for example, dingoes. Man is the only enemy for an adult monitor.
Usually the Australian giant lizard feeds onbirds, various insects, varieties of smaller lizards. His victims die not so much from a bite with sharp teeth, as from the infection of blood and various concomitant infections.
Sometimes in the food ration of the lizard includes carrion. There are also cases of attacks of large individuals on not very large kangaroos.
Reproduction of these reptiles is not enoughstudied. However, it is known that these reptiles, as a rule, do not create stable pairs. Fertilized eggs the female lays in a well protected shelter. It can be a neglected hole, a hollow tree felled or termite.
Usually there are about 11 eggs in the masonry, forthe successful development of which requires a temperature in the range from +30 to -32 ° C. For about 8 months, the incubation period lasts, after which small lurans appear, with their innate instincts and in the first days of life provided almost to themselves.
Varan the giant is not bloodthirsty. He tries to escape when meeting a man, and attacks only in exceptional cases, when there is a danger for him. The monitor in the wild almost no enemies, because it is very difficult to defeat such a powerful and powerful opponent.
These animals have very dense, durable skin, andthey survive, like other lizards. Local residents claim that the lizards do not frighten even the bites of poisonous snakes, but there is no confirmation from scientists on this fact. It is only known that these gluttonous lizards quite well eat a variety of snakes, and not dividing them into harmless and poisonous.