Man has upclose encounter with monitor lizard in Clementi: 'It was unbothered'

Submitted by Stomper Tony

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A man was stopped in his tracks by the magnificent sight of a monitor lizard on Tuesday afternoon (Jan 27).

Stomper Tony took a video of the creature after encountering it along Clementi Avenue 4 at around 12.25pm.

Tony said: "It didn't seem bothered: 'You don't disturb me, I don't chase you!'

"There are many big monitor lizards in this area, but it's my first time encountering one so close to me."

According to an advisory by the National Parks Board, here's what to do when you encounter a monitor lizard:

  • Do not be alarmed. These animals are shy and will not attack humans unless provoked or cornered.

  • Do not touch, chase or corner them as they may attack in defence. You are advised to leave them alone. It is fine to observe them from afar.

  • Seek medical attention immediately if (in a rare event) you are bitten. Although monitor lizards do secrete venom, it is not fatal to humans. The main cause for concern would be bacterial infection from the bite.