Mertens' Water Monitor
Varanus mertensi lizard underwater freshwater NT Northern Territory Top End monitor lizard
Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year 'Threatened Species' Winner - 2019
Whilst observing a pair of male Mertens’ water monitors competing for the privilege of mating with a female, this cheeky individual crept up to investigate the good looking fellow in my camera's dome port, sadly for him he was looking at his own reflection. This species of monitor is thoroughly semi-aquatic, inhabiting waterways throughout northern Australia where they forage for fish and crustaceans.
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