Asian Water Monitor eats 3rd Chick

Lizard hunts by scent, then visual. Health insurance is available for exotic pets for health or injury, as per end of video. Shop around. Make sure to take care of your pets. Asian Water Monitor (Various salvator) tracks food using tongue to find a wide range of prey. In this video, filmed on March 1, 2007, a demonstration of a monitor lizard's ability to "scent prey" -- that is, to find prey by smelling the air with his tongue first, approximately 15 feet (4 m) away, and then using his eyes to locate the feeder chick. Monitors have forked tongues, so they swing their heads side to side to follow/track, locate, dispatch, and consume food. Monitor lizards are fascinating animals. Forked tongues are split into two tines at the tip. As seen in video, reptiles smell using the tip of their tongue, and a forked tongue allows them to sense from which direction a smell is coming. Following scent trails based on chemical cues is called tropotaxis. It's unclear whether forked-tongued reptiles can actually follow trails or if this is just a hypothesis. Study the video, what do you think? Monitor lizards are known to eat birds, eggs, fish, frogs, rodents, crabs, snakes, and carrion. They are also nature's disposal system. We think of predators as taking down large adult prey--but in reality young prey are frequently the bulk of a meat-eater's diet. It's why prey species often give birth to many young to compensate for high rates of predation. This video focuses on the science of reptile behavior that supported a master's thesis in zoology. Video is made public for the citation for junior high school, and high school science reports. Also recommended for college and graduate level source citation for zoological biostatistics.