Monitor lizards are fearsome predators. They have forked, snake-like tongues to sense direction of scent trails allowing them to follow pray.
Rock monitors either take off or hold their ground by hissing and swishing their tails and can defend themselves by biting, scratching or lashing their tails which delivers stinging blows.
Rock monitors lay their eggs in burrows.

This one still at a distance, allowed us very little time for pictures. It crossed the track in a hurry making it extremely difficult to get clear pictures while on a moving vehicle!
The line/furrow in the sand was made by the lizard’s tail.

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