joelsartore

Photo by joelsartore.

This Philippine water monitor photographed at is an adult male who serves as an ambassador for his region. They inhabit rainforests and mangroves on most of the larger island in the archipelago. These monitors, though widely distributed, are often illegally harvested for their highly prized meat. Additionally, their prime habitats are disappearing at an alarming rate due to deforestation and conversion of mangrove flats into fish and shrimp farming areas. Though these reptiles are protected by national legislation, there is a need for increased control of the hunting and trading of this species in order to ensure its safety.
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aimee_swank_orr
aimee_swank_orr : I realize for food source it's different but it's the true greedy poachers that I'm talking about. I don't fault people for feeding their families with the meat.
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
imkenoc
imkenoc : sadly I know, now I guess theyโ€™re being hunt for sport and being sold in the black market.
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
lorrainehadnagy
lorrainehadnagy : Beautiful
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
markperryart
markperryart : if I saw that in my trash I would get my chickens inside...luckily I live in NY ๐Ÿ™€
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
nikontop
nikontop : ..
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
syamim11
syamim11 : ๐Ÿคซ
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
imkenoc
imkenoc : lol ๐Ÿ˜‚, yep gotta protect them chickens.
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
emzarts
emzarts : out boy!!!
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
tjust_my
tjust_my : ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
kphotogs
kphotogs : Lovely !
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
christianyang93
christianyang93 : Lovely
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
sharks_r_friends_too
sharks_r_friends_too : โคโคโคโค
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
lebenvonaris
lebenvonaris : They tend to run away when they see people. They use their long tails to protect themselves But never heard of any deliberate attacks from these animals, except when they are cornered.
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
gorybones__
gorybones__ :
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
jrylander9
jrylander9 : Gorgeous!!!
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
larkinnyc
larkinnyc : Beautiful creature!
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
sindijagirvica
sindijagirvica : ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
keitashirayama
keitashirayama : โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
travelawayeurope
travelawayeurope : Pretty cool!
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
its_audreys_diary
its_audreys_diary : Excellent photo ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
bossadventure
bossadventure : What a fascinating lizard! When I served in Somalia in โ€˜93 a monitor lizard entered our camp. Call me crazy but I picked it up in my hands and yelled out โ€œtake a picture!โ€ But unfortunately I canโ€™t locate the pic ๐ŸฆŽ
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
_ujwl_
_ujwl_ : How do you keep the rodents from running here and there?
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
alideez
alideez : You rn
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
andre_sole0
andre_sole0 : ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
delmaalberdeston
delmaalberdeston : Awesome work.
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
x989x.b5
x989x.b5 : ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
xardamarius
xardamarius : ...........*.....
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
xardamarius
xardamarius : *\_(ใ‚ท)_/*
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
zzz
zzz : ^_^
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
teleferika
teleferika : Great picture!
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
parkerstagram
parkerstagram :
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
amrsharaki
amrsharaki :
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
thedonhawsa
thedonhawsa : What's a star, when it's most important fan is missing?
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
remusdantefotografia
remusdantefotografia : Nicee โคโคโคโค
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
yogi_bean
yogi_bean :
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
huangruishan86
huangruishan86 : He has a lot of love to give. He is a mix of toad and snake. A toad who was abused by his parents. And use sex to destroy his female snake care taker, the snake gave birth to this beloved son.
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
photographereyee
photographereyee : Cool
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
paddybradshaw16
paddybradshaw16 : Looking good ๐ŸฆŽ๐ŸฆŽ๐ŸฆŽ
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
sophiebates
sophiebates : I hate you ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
Jan 1, 1970 0:00 am
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