Water monitors are one of the creatures that can be located along rivers of the Udawalawe National Park and these creatures are related to the popular Komodo Dragon.
The average weight of these creatures vary between 20 and 30 kilograms and these creatures can even reach two metres in length. By size, it is the second largest monitor lizard, second only to the Komodo Dragon.
Habitat and Environment
The number of habitats for the water monitor is high and visitors will be able to observe it on the river banks of the Udawalawe National Park.
Lifespan and Reproduction
Eggs are produced and these are usually deposited along rotting logs nearby water bodies. The mating season is usually between April and October. According to the Max Planck Institute, the average lifespan of the water monitor can be as much as 10 years.
Behaviour and Feeding
It is classified as a semi-aquatic reptile and it feeds on almost all small creatures such as birds, fish, lizards, and snakes.
Cultural and Conservation Status
The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists the water monitor as “least concern” and this creature is easily recognised throughout Sri Lanka.