The beautiful Philippine Water Monitor is native to the southern Philippines.
It is sometimes called the Yellow-headed Water Monitor to distinguish from the
Marbled Water Monitor which is also sometimes referred to as the Philippine.
The male (top row) is more brightly-coloured than the female (above), both sought after in the pet trade for their colour.
Until recently (2007) the lizard was considered a subspecies of the Asian or Common Water Monitor
Monitor lizards and Tegus have forked tongues like snakes to
"taste" their environment. Water monitors live near water and can swim well.