Wildlife in Khao Sok:
This is a Dumeril's Monitor Lizard.
This rare semi-arboreal lizard found only in peninsular
Thailand hangs out on one of the trails we frequent. We've
seen it several times. Each time, it was perfectly still,
probably hoping that we didn't see it. The first time we saw
it, I didn't know if it was dead or alive. So, I reached down
and touched it. It flattened its body out, but remained still.
I didn't touch it again. You don't want to get bit by any
big reptile as the infection from a bite would certainly be
Interestingly, the famous Kimodo Dragon has
256 forms of bacteria in its saliva. These bacteria combine
in countless manners to produce infections that eventually
kill their prey. Combating a bite from a Kimodo Dragon is