Friday, November 06, 2009

Smooth Otters & Water Monitors

The first trip into the reserve, I observed two large water monitors with missing tail tips. They seem to have snapped off. While watching the otters, I noticed that there were two large water monitors that were stalking the otters.
This individual approached a snoozing otter and nudged it with its nose. The otter turned around and looked at the lizard before it moved away.The next one was a confrontation in the water.This encountered ended with the lizard getting out of the water with its tail curled up.Interesting interaction going here.
Another otter climbed up on the bank where the first monitor was and grabbed its tail by the tip.See how the tail becomes taut in the next photo as the lizard tried to move forward.Tail snapping away as the otter loses grip of the tip.

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