Stomper encounters monitor lizard at Upper Serangoon View: "It's the biggest I've seen"

Submitted by Stomper Aidi

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Although monitor lizards are not an unusual sight at Singapore wildlife reserves and parks, Stomper Aidi was surprised to spot one at a park near Upper Serangoon View on Sunday afternoon (Sep 15).

The Stomper was with his wife and toddler when he came across the creature.

"It's easily the biggest I've seen in person," he said.

"It's much bigger in real life than in this picture.

"A couple of passers-by saw it and chose to walk away from it with the exception of one guy who tried to scare it away.

"The reptile was not fazed by him though."

NParks has the following advice on what to do should 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.