Twitter on Thursday woke up to a huge monitor lizard image captioned: “Spotted at someone’s home in Delhi!!”
While wildlife, of many other things, have seen the silver lining of lockdown, no body expected to find a whole living monitor lizard in Delhi’s Chattarpu locality, that too unrestrained.
A member of the fearsome Komodo monitor or the infamous Komodo Dragon, these monitor lizards have long necks and powerful tails, with well-developed limbs. These lizards are highly adaptive and have been documented thriving in a number of biodiversities. They’re native to Asia, Africa, and Oceania, but are also found in the Americas as invasive species.
The Delhi specimen of the monitor was shared by IPS officer HGS Dhaliwal and since then it has gone viral. At the time of writing this, the post has been retweeted 1.1k times with more than 5k likes.
Twitteratis were least expecting a monitor lizard and the IPS officer’s post has garnered thousands of conversation. People called the residence ‘Jurassic Niwas’ and someone wrote ‘Jumanji comes home.’ One of the respondents shared a picture of an ostrich that is a pet to someone in Delhi’s Firozshah road and suggested the monitor lizard might as well be someone’s pet.
Definitely someone's pet like this guy at Firozshah Road pic.twitter.com/ikkXStERxF— Lion A.K.A Sher (@Terriiblr) July 9, 2020
Watch some replies that Twitterati’s have left on the tweet since it was posted:
Xi Jinping happy you found his escaped dinner pic.twitter.com/JJKENYYH7g— sid (@sid41881846) July 9, 2020
Holy Shit….🙄🙄😱😱😱 pic.twitter.com/PmRAKYWlxZ— Jinxpm🚨 (@Jinxpm1) July 9, 2020
Mini Dinosaur!!— Nita Kewl (@Nitzmatazz) July 10, 2020
I thought they were extinct.
Bit scary but harmless— Daavar Seth (@vijaydigvijay) July 9, 2020
Jumanji comes home🙄🙄— In_awesome_sauce🍕 (@nahi_manungiii) July 10, 2020
it's 2020, no less than a apocalyptic movie— Preity Zinta can kill me (@haachaltheekhai) July 9, 2020
Must be from the Chattarpur region near the Aravallis. They are pretty common in my native village which is also on the foothills of the aravallis in Gurugram.— Yuvraj Khatana (@KhatanaYuvraj) July 9, 2020
Nature has healed so much that dinosaurs are coming back.— vikipedia (@ViksitKohli) July 10, 2020
What is the difference between a komodo dragon and a monitor lizard?
You might be wondering what is the difference between a komodo dragon and a monitor lizard? Well, a Komodo dragon is a monitor lizard and the other way around.
According to Daily Science Journal, the Komodo dragon is a type of monitor lizard and there are other variants of the specie as well. But it must be noted, Komodo dragon is arguably one of the deadliest reptile predators on earth, and it is a monitor lizard.
Just like two human cousins have similarities despite being humans, in the same way, Komodo dragons have similarities with other monitor lizards as well. The monitor lizard specimen in Delhi is of the other kinds, apart from the Komodo dragon.
Whatever it is, it is best to watch the way around these lizards and call the forest officials at the earliest. What do you think? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.