Tree Monitor Varanus rudicollis, on the other hand, only grows to about 1.5 meters, half the size of the Water Monitor.
It is a dark, rough necked monitor, widespread in the lowlands. However, many people might not have seen one as it inhibits the forests.
Water Monitor, on the other hand, is widespread but also inhibits in urban environments like rubbish dumps, urban marginal swamps, sewage drains and moonsoon drains adjacent to motorways, is regularly seen and is the commonest road-kills.
This young Tree Monitor was under the claws of a Changeable Hawk Eagle Spizaetus cirrhatus, but it was too big and heavy for the bird to lift it up into the air. The bird abandoned it while we were approaching. It was quite exhausted and we managed to take some photos before it disappeared itself into the thick undergrowth.
Compare to the following picture of a Water Monitor.
And the Changeable Hawk Eagle that lost its dinner.
Changeable Hawk Eagle