San Diego (CA) Photos

April 4, 2009

Spiny-tailed Monitor, boy looking for a girl

Filed under: Places to visit, San Diego Zoo — Tags: — washaw @ 6:00 am

Many of my regular readers have been thinking “wonder when is he going to show us a Ridge-tailed or Spiny-tailed Monitor?”   Well, your wait is over. Here he is, varanus acanthurus acanthurus, the spiny-tailed monitor.

Again, we have only a male at the San Diego Zoo but Fresno and San Antonio have ONLY a female. I’m not kidding, check for yourself.  I’m thinking about getting an appointment with the reptile people and talk this over.  What do you think? 

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March 14, 2009

Komodo Monitor at the San Diego Zoo

Filed under: Places to visit, San Diego Zoo — Tags: , , , — washaw @ 6:00 am

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The komodo monitor or “dragon” is listed as “vulnerable”, endangered, by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). They were discover by western scientists in 1910. This one at the San Diego Zoo is large (2.5 meters long) and fearsome making it a great favorite for the kids.

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