Yishun resident and monitor lizard greet each other while out on their nightly exercise

Submitted by Stomper Jagadeesan

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Stomper Jagadeesan was not the only one exercising in the great outdoors in Yishun on Tuesday evening (Nov 24).

A monitor lizard was also out on its nightly prowl.

The two encountered each other at the void deck of Block 413 Yishun Ring Road at around 8.10pm.

Jagadeesan, a resident at the block, recounted: "I had just finished jogging and was returning home when I saw something moving.

"I was a bit scared at first until I realised it was a monitor lizard.

"It's my first time seeing a monitor lizard in the area."

Jagadeesan said the reptile might have come from Yishun Park, adding: "I guess it found its own way back to the water afterwards."

According to the National Park Boards (NParks), here's what you should and should not do if 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.