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Fly on the Wall 

December 22, 2010

Welcome home, water monitor!

While biologists are always fine tuning and adding new animals to the Academy’s exhibits, some are small and can fly (or crawl) under the radar. Not this one! This morning, the aquarium staff moved a 3-foot-long water monitor (Varanus salvator) into the Borneo level of the Rainforests of the World exhibit. That may sound large for a lizard, but in fact she has plenty of room to grow in the exhibit, and may as much as double in size. Water monitors are typically found near water in nature (hence the name), so her enclosure was remodeled to feature a private pool, how luxurious! According to zoo and aquarium database Isis.org, there are only 17 members of this species known to be on exhibit in the U.S., and the Academy’s individual is the only one in California. Watch for her in the cave just inside the rainforest entrance.
Water monitor 1Water monitor 2

Filed under: Aquarium — Helen @ 4:03 pm

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