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“Extinct” Pinocchio Lizard Found in Ecuador

“Extinct” Pinocchio Lizard Found in Ecuador. Believed to be extinct this lizard was "rediscovered" less than ten years ago. The Pinocchio Lizard is still listed as an Endangered species and is threatened by habitat destruction.


Perentie Monitor Lizard Basking on Rock in Outback Australia

Monitor Lizard

Komodo Dragon ( They are huge lizards / crocodile sized ) = their saliva infects any bitten prey / it relentlessly chases any bitten prey ,until resulting poison from infected wound ,slows the prey sufficiently enough for this Komodo dragon to finish it off and feast on the huge carcass ( an effective system that ensures this species remains strong /healthy ) ✅

The perentie (or perente) (Varanus giganteus) is the largest monitor lizard or goanna native to Australia, and fourth-largest living lizard on earth, after the Komodo dragon, the crocodile monitor, and the water monitor. Found west of the Great Dividing Range in the arid areas of Australia, they are not a common sight because of their shyness and the remoteness of much of their range from human habitation.