Malayan Water Monitor [Varanus Salvator]

Native or Introduced



Found in forests, mangroves, scrubland, and beaches where they tend to stay close to water. As well as in large canals in built-up areas.

Natural Diet

Carrion, small reptiles and mammals, bird eggs, insects.


Males are extremely territorial. Upon encountering another male, they will first take a threatening posture then begin fighting viciously, often leaving severe bite wounds.


Lead a solitary life.

Activity Pattern

They are diurnal creatures and hunts during the day.

Where can you find it in Singapore

Sungei Buloh (mangrove habitat), Macritchie Forest, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Upper Seletar (lakeside tree), Sentosa (beach).


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