These Innocent Creatures Are Killed Out Of Sheer Ignorance!

@AKRao24 (18282)
India
May 24, 2018 1:23pm CST
The picture what you see here is of the young ‘Bengal Monitor’ or ‘Common Indian Monitor’ They are found widely distributed in India and also in southeast and western Asia! These beautiful looking young monitor lizards looks very attractive with their colors and the pattern which may look creepy or scary to some people, because of which they declared this harmless creature as a poisonous one though they are not. These creatures can grow about 175 Centimeters in length from snout to tip of tail and can weigh about 7 Kilos at the time of their maturity. In fact these animals have many friendly features for mankind and they have helped us in many ways in the past. The young ones as shown in the picture look different than the matured ones. The matured ones are not that attractive to look at and are single colored either black, grey or brown in color. People from the states of Rajasthan, Haryana and Punjab believe that these young ones, which they popularly call as ‘Goyra’ or ‘Bagheera’ are highly poisonous and if bitten there is no remedy available for this which is unfortunately a myth prevailing there strongly. Because of this the young Bengal Monitors are killed by the people from these regions in large scales, just out of sheer ignorance! A lot of efforts are needed to educate these people! As a first step from my side I catch them and show the people that they are harmless and I further I explain them that they are young ones of Bengal Monitors and they have their own life to lead! Surprisingly people are not afraid of the adult monitors; on the contrary they feel that it is a ‘cowardly’ act to kill a Bengal Monitor! Have you ever seen a young or grown up ‘Bengal Monitor’? Frankly speaking may I know your first reaction after looking at the picture? Could you suggest how to educate these superstitious people about this animal and save it from extinction? Please respond, your responses will be highly appreciated as usual! Thanks!
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@mlgen1037 (29654)
• Manila, Philippines
25 May
I find them feisty basing on their skin. They look so harmless. Never seen one or I do not remember seeing one. Continue what you are doing, my friend, so that the people will be aware and will not be afraid. Also, it would be better if local government will stop the killing of those young lizards.
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@AKRao24 (18282)
• India
25 May
Unfortunately the government doesn't have time to look after such small things in India!
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@mlgen1037 (29654)
• Manila, Philippines
26 May
@AKRao24 That is really sad, my friend. I guess, if there will be more people like you who is willing to educate people about those friendly and harmless lizards. That could make a difference.
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@AKRao24 (18282)
• India
26 May
@mlgen1037 , Yes, to educate people there shpuld a group of self motivated volunteers, then only things will work! Thanks!
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@porwest (4866)
• United States
24 May
I have not seen one, and of course we do not have them here that I am aware. Some creatures like this for whatever reason elicit a negative response from people who encounter them. Snakes are often like that too. Even non-venemous grass snakes are sometimes killed just because they are a snake and people have an adversity to them.
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@AKRao24 (18282)
• India
24 May
Thanks a lot for your honest response! I think basically the bright color pattern what they have to intimidate their enemies is ultimately becoming the enemy for themselves! In fact most of the non poisonous snakes and other non poisonous creatures have brilliant color pattern which acts as a warning to birds not to attack them! Possibly this act of the nature is going against them and we are killing these innocent creatures out od ignorance! I am right dear friend @porwest ? Thanks lot once again!
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@topffer (34160)
• France
24 May
There are several big lizards/varans in the "Jardin des Plantes", a park/zoo in Paris, but I do not remember to have seen this one, or maybe adults only. I will check next time I will go there. It is an interesting discussion. Animals are often killed by ignorance and you are doing an useful work of education. Bengal monitors will be thankful to you.
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@AKRao24 (18282)
• India
24 May
I can understand what you are saying...you can get to see these small ones only in the breeding season when they hatch their eggs. You must have seen the adults which looks like this.
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@topffer (34160)
• France
24 May
@AKRao24 Now that you posted this photo, I think I have seen adult ones. Very different from the small one, I understand why people are thinking that it is not the same animal.
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@AKRao24 (18282)
• India
24 May
@topffer , Yes they look different when they are young, possibly to keep themselves safe from birds by having that pattern and colors! Thanks!
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@vandana7 (65012)
• India
20 Jun
Aw...you gotta send women like me there, I could bluff, I got a lottery the day one walked into my home, and how I got cured of serious illness, etc., etc., superstition dealt with superstition...idjits need idjit to set them right.
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@AKRao24 (18282)
• India
20 Jun
Yes, I can see a point there! But then it would take lot of time to change the mind set of these people! Thanks!
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@vandana7 (65012)
• India
20 Jun
@AKRao24 No worry...get Aishwarya Rai and Deepika Padukone and Alia Bhatt to vouch for my lies...everything works with stupid people.
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@AKRao24 (18282)
• India
20 Jun
@vandana7 , that is true but then would be an expensive experiment to attempt!
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@aureliah (16196)
1 Jun
For what benefit do they kill these creatures? Its sad
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@AKRao24 (18282)
• India
1 Jun
Just they are mistaking them as a poisonous creature and they kill them! Thanks!
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@aureliah (16196)
2 Jun
@AKRao24 okay but I would think they are dangerous too
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@AKRao24 (18282)
• India
2 Jun
@aureliah , No that is the whole point, they are not poisonous at all. In fact killing the adult ones also is considered as a cowardly act by the people. But they are unable to understand that this is the young one of the Bengal Monitor!
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@kepweng (14956)
• Waikoloa, Hawaii
25 May
thats a BIG LIZARD i think some people make them as Pets??
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@AKRao24 (18282)
• India
25 May
They are very big when grown up and are totally harmless, but they need lot of food, Can you manage that food? You can have a look of the adult Monitor in the picture I have posted here in one of the responses! Thanks dear @kepweng !
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@kepweng (14956)
• Waikoloa, Hawaii
26 May
@AKRao24 what that lizard Diet rats?? Dogs .cats??
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@AKRao24 (18282)
• India
26 May
@kepweng , May be some small birds, rats, frogs, insects and even some non poisnous snakes! Thanks!
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@LadyDuck (157737)
• Switzerland
25 May
I have never seen one and I cannot understand why people kill the young of this species. People should learn that all animals must be respected.
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@AKRao24 (18282)
• India
25 May
That is the most unfortunate thing on their part. People forget that every animal has been made with a purpose in this nature and they must be respected for that! I appreciate your thoughts @LadyDuck ! Thanks!
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@LadyDuck (157737)
• Switzerland
25 May
@AKRao24 This is what I always tell to myself, I suppose that even mosquitoes are here for a purpose.
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@AKRao24 (18282)
• India
25 May
@LadyDuck , Exactly , but then because of imbalance in the ecosystem we are facing the trouble out of them! Thanks!
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@epiffanie (10466)
• Australia
2 Jun
People need to get educated about a lot of things we find in Nature .. There is a lizard in the Philippines they call "Tuko" that people also hunt and killed when they enter their houses because people believe that lightning will strike the house if that particular lizard is inside the house .. .
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@AKRao24 (18282)
• India
2 Jun
So sad! Yes, these superstitions should be wiped out from the brains of the people which only can be done through proper education! I agree! Thanks!
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@epiffanie (10466)
• Australia
3 Jun
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@AKRao24 (18282)
• India
3 Jun
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@Sreekala (22957)
• India
29 May
First I thought a lizard on reading your discussion I realized it is not lizard. But why people kill them? I have seen lot of them in our native place but no one kill them for any reason. They are harmless.
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@AKRao24 (18282)
• India
29 May
Yes, very true! People here, they kill them , thinking that they are poisonous...that is very bad! I hate the act! Thanks!
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@Sreekala (22957)
• India
30 May
@AKRao24 We do not kill any such creatures. We just shoo off them away.
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@AKRao24 (18282)
• India
30 May
@Sreekala , That is the right thing to do! They have their own right to live in this nature like we have ours! Thanks!
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@shshiju (10492)
• Cochin, India
26 May
We called them "Udumph" in malayalam. Both monitor lizard and small lizards are seen in our are.
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@AKRao24 (18282)
• India
26 May
Yes, they are wide spread in India! Do you kill the young ones thinking them to be poisonous? Thanks!
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@shshiju (10492)
• Cochin, India
28 May
@AKRao24 No . It is interesting to see their postures in plant stems and leafs.
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@AKRao24 (18282)
• India
29 May
@shshiju , I admire that dear friend! So kind and nice of you! Stay blessed!
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@ridingbet (53159)
• Philippines
25 May
i haven't seen an actual monitor like this one, but why are they killed? they should be protected.
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@ridingbet (53159)
• Philippines
26 May
@AKRao24 maybe they think the lizard is a miniature crocodile or alligator.
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@AKRao24 (18282)
• India
26 May
@ridingbet , They can't think that way as these are found mostly away from water. They think that these are highly poisonous and they kill them! Thanks!
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@ptrikha_2 (8286)
• India
25 Jun
Well we do not kill the lizards buthe try to make them go away in a harmless manner. Killing ought to be avoided as much as possible.
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@AKRao24 (18282)
• India
25 Jun
That is a sensible way of doing it...we don't have right to kill any animal for no reason for that matter! Thanks dear friend!
@Peach10 (1838)
26 May
Haven't seen one yet .You can educate them maybe by distributing flyers that says harmless creaure with the photo.
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@AKRao24 (18282)
• India
26 May
Yes, I agree that your idea is great! But they won't believe in this as they have superstitious belief in their brain and it is hard to remove! Only practical way is to handle them in front of them to gain the confidence! Thanks @Peach10!
@sjvg1976 (18386)
• Delhi, India
25 May
That's strange it's tough to educate people.
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@AKRao24 (18282)
• India
25 May
Yes, I know , that is why whenever it is possible I handle this creature and let it loose free in absence of the prey birds, to show the people that they are harmless! Thanks!
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@JESSY3236 (6538)
• United States
25 May
cute lizard. Lily, my black cat, loves to play and kill lizards. never seen those here.
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@AKRao24 (18282)
• India
25 May
I think you may not have these creatures! They are not lizards but they are monitors which grow more than 1.75 meters! Thanks!
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• Trinidad And Tobago
24 May
I am sorry to tell you that if this 'bengal monitor' is the same as the 'matte' or 'iguana' in Trinidad, then that is eaten here. This lizard is not considered as poisonous and is hunted for it's meat which is considered 'wild meat' and is a rare delicacy. It is very expensive in the market.
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@AKRao24 (18282)
• India
24 May
Yes, I know iguanas are eaten...even Bengal Monitors are also eaten! What is the grown up size of the 'Matte' you have shown in the picture? Thanks!
@jstory07 (67171)
• Roseburg, Oregon
24 May
People have a way of not caring about these animals. I would hope we can learn to treat all animals big and small nice.
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@AKRao24 (18282)
• India
24 May
Yes, after all they are also created with some purpose by the nature...we need to respect them and let them live the way they want unless they are making our lives miserable! Thanks @jstory07 !
@Corbin5 (106508)
• United States
24 May
Humane education has to be part of the curriculum in all schools in the world. Starting from the beginning of school life, children should learn as much as possible regarding the creatures that roam the area in which they life, along with the fact that humane treatment of all the world's creatures is a must.
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@AKRao24 (18282)
• India
24 May
Very well said @Corbin5 ! That is the proper age when the concepts can be easily be incorporated in fresh brains and children have much more grasping capacity for this reason only! I sincerely appreciate your views! Thanks!
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@kanchan10 (2877)
• Kolkata, India
24 May
i have seen many in my childhood and believed to be deadly. the bengali name suggests them as some kind of snake and believed to be poisonous. but nowadays they have just vanished.
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@AKRao24 (18282)
• India
24 May
Yes, in Bengal they are known as Biscobra or Guishaap or Goshaap and they are killed for no reason! Am I right? Now having come to know about the fact can you kindly suggest how we can save these innocent animals from extinction dear friend?