Borneo Earless Monitors Look a lot like Grand Dragons

What did you know about dragons so far? Forget all as it is real now as we find them in Borneo.

Excited, right?

Do you people like lizards? This question is usually getting answered with an average “meh”. In fact, we find most people neither love them nor hate them. But it is a little kind of confusing feeling towards them.

It is excited to say that there are more than 6,000 different species of lizards in concerned the whole world. And for the more interesting fact, 79 of that population are monitor lizards. The Komodo dragon is crowned being the biggest of the monitor lizards as they are growing up to 10 feet long. Yes, very big!

A long muscular tails and sharp claws are common for monitor lizards. And when most lizard species, especially the larger ones, live on the ground, we find monitor lizard in smaller size live in trees fully or even in part.

Although there are many to talk about the topic of interesting types of monitor lizards in the world, we are here to bring you some highlights of the Borneo Earless Monitor lizard.

Borneo Earless Monitor lizard

Borneo Earless Monitor lizard

Have you ever seen one of these? It should probably be “No”.

This lizard type is native to Borneo. They are called “the Holy Grail of herpetologists”. But for the sad fact, zoologists do not have much information on them due to their absence.

Up to recent times, scientists and collectors had taken only a fewer which is even lesser than a hundred specimens since the species’ 1877 finding. Among the reptile fans, its scarcity and mystique have made it an impressive nickname: “the Holy Grail of herpetology.”

Borneo Earless Monitor lizard

Borneo Earless Monitor lizard

We find it in native to the Southeast Asian island of Borneo. And as to facts, it is a semi-aquatic, brown lizard. And this one is more special as it is the only living kind in the family of Lanthanotidae. It is connected to the true monitor lizards. The scientific name for them is Lanthanotus borneensis (factually, “hidden ear from Borneo,” as they have no external ear openings). They are truly wonderful creatures on earth elevates the natural morals.

And you might think “I want one as a pet” already. But sadly that is never going to happen!

Getting the species from wild is totally prohibited; the earless monitor lizard has been secured in Malaysia from the times of 1971, and in Brunei since 1978 while in Indonesia from 1980. And about only a hundred of lizards have been exposed as part of the reviewing course. They are hard to catch ion the eye as they only “thrive” at night times.

Borneo Earless Monitor lizard

Borneo Earless Monitor lizard

In September 2016, this earless monitor lizard has given international protection under “Appendix II listing of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species” (CITES). This means trade is strictly controlled and is not permitted without a CITES export license.

If a little one gets to see a picture of this creature, they will call these lizards’ dinosaurs or dragons. The bodies of them reach about 16 inches, and their petite limbs close with sharp talon-like claws. And we cannot overlook the pointed ridges above the lizards’ direct-staring blue eyes. And as to further findings, these ones are sensitive to temperatures of 26-28 degrees Celsius.

Five earless monitor lizards were born in captivity in the last year at the Prague Zoo.  There is a constant initiative to escalate the number of these rare species. And considerably, the entire process requires much effort and a lot of support in finances. But anyhow the point of view is full of hopes.