Human-Size Lizard

Scientists have announced the discovery of an enormous lizard called the Varanus bitatawa. Long known to local hunters, this lizard lives in the Philippines. It stretches to about six-and-a-half feet long and weighs about 22 pounds.

This new lizard is closely related to the Komodo dragon. But, unlike the Komodo, the Varanus bitatawa is a vegetarian. This species eats fruit and is very secretive. Scientists say the discovery “comes as an unprecedented surprise.”


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