o The Frog Blog: New Giant Lizard Discovered

Monday, 12 April 2010

New Giant Lizard Discovered


Last week we reported on our Twitter page the discovery of a strange new lizard found in the Philippines. It has a double penis, is as long as a tall human, and lives in a heavily populated area of the Philippines. Yet somehow the giant lizard, Varanus bitatawa, went undetected by science until now. Long known to Filipino tribal hunters, the monitor lizard was identified as a new species in 2009 via its DNA, scale pattern, size, and peculiar penis, a new study revealed last week. At about two meters long, the new lizard species is closely related to the world's largest living lizard, the Komodo Dragon. Unlike the Komodo, though, Varanus bitatawa has evolved to be a vegetarian!

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