圓鼻巨蜥 (Varanus salvator)

July 11, 2018

Probably locally extinct, but there are still some sightings out near reservoirs and lakes, mainly from released or escaped individuals that have made their home here.

 

雖然原居於香港的圓鼻巨蜥早已絕種,但在一些水塘以及湖邊仍不時能看到牠們的蹤影。這些仍存在於香港的巨蜥主要來自於寵物市場,由放生活動或從寵物籠中逃逸進而定居於野外。

 

圓鼻巨蜥是惟一一種棲身於香港的巨蜥科動物,更是香港最大的一種蜥蝪 : 成體可以達至足足四米長。而相片中的是巨蜥的幼體,比成體有著更幼細更鮮艷美觀的紋理。牠們以昆蟲、甲殼類動物、雀鳥甚至小型哺乳類動物作食物,但同時也愛吃腐肉。

 

 

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