Massive Monitor Lizard 'Checks Into' Juvenile Justice Board In Agra

Massive Monitor Lizard 'Checks Into' Juvenile Justice Board In Agra

Agra, July 19 (TNA) A three-foot-long monitor lizard was found resting in the front porch of the Juvenile Justice Board, located in Siroli, Agra on Monday. The reptile was safely rescued by the Wildlife SOS team and later released back in its natural habitat.

As monsoon showers hit Agra, reptiles and other wild animals have started venturing out of their habitat in search of dry places. In such an incident, a three-foot-long Monitor Lizard made its way into the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) in Siroli, Agra on Monday morning. The reptile was reportedly spotted on the front porch.

Common Indian Monitor Lizard
Common Indian Monitor Lizard (Varanus bengalensis) or Bengal Monitor Lizard is found in the Indian subcontinent. They inhabit scrubs, parks, jungles and mainly feed on small mammals, birds, rodents, insects etc. This species is listed under Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. Monitor lizards play an important role in the ecosystem but they are often killed for their meat and body parts due to misconstrued beliefs.

Taking quick action, the JJB authorities immediately contacted the Wildlife SOS 24-hour helpline number and a two-member team from Wildlife SOS Rapid Response Unit promptly arrived at the location and carefully transferred the reptile in a transport carrier.

The monitor lizard was kept under observation for a few hours and later released back in its natural habitat. The team also rescued a Monitor lizard trapped in the drainage pipe of a house in Defence Colony, Agra Cantt.

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