Stray dogs attacked Malayan Water Monitor

Vincent Chang encountered two stray dogs at the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve in late December 2016 attacking a Malayan Water Monitor (Varanus salvator) in the shallow water.

Dogs-MWMonitor [VincentChang] 1

There was a violent struggle lasting a few minutes (above, below). The leathery scaly skin saved the lizard as the dogs were unable to bite through and abandoned it.

Dogs-MWMonitor [VincentChang] 2

Vincent has this to say: “Take precautionary measures should you have a close encounter with the dogs at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve; these wild dogs are not tame, pet dogs.”

The population of lizards in the reserve has been increasing steadily through the years LINK. The number of stray dogs has also increased.

Vincent Chang
Singapore
27th December 2016

This post is a cooperative effort between Birds, Insects N Creatures Of Asia and BESG to bring the study of birds and their behavior through photography and videography to a wider audience.

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