Published on 06 Jun 2023

No need to be frightened of 'timid' monitor lizards in urban areas, say wildlife experts

Last week, Bedok North and Punggol residents came across monitor lizards at their HDB blocks. Dr Shawn Lum, former president of Nature Society (Singapore) and senior lecturer at NTU Asian School of the Environment said that since it is common to find them in and around drains, the monitor lizard at Bedok North could have been “living in easy walking distance” from where it was spotted, Dr Lum said. He said that monitor lizards – like most wild animals – may try to defend themselves if they are cornered and feel threatened, but will “gladly” choose an escape route if there is one. 

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