Florida welcomes a new invasive species, the Asian Water Monitor. Oh Florida.


Some Floridians have a new neighbor in town, and no one’s inviting him over for dinner. It’s a Six foot long Asian Monitor lizard that’s been roaming the town of Davie, Florida and no one seems to be able to catch it!

Bamboo likes horseback riding, long walks near the canal, and cats.

Since this story wentt viral there have been dozens of sightings in different areas of Florida. I have personally seen one next to a lake in West Boca (30 miles north)

Wikipedia has a few specs on these things. Adults rarely exceed 1.5–2 m (4.9–6.6 ft) in length, but the largest specimen on record, from Sri Lanka, measured 3.21 m (10.5 ft). A common mature weight of V. salvator can be 19.5 kg (43 lb). 10 freaking feet!!! Nope Nope Nope on the nope train to Nopesville!

Human for scale

According to experts, while they’re not known to be deadly to humans, but an Asian water monitor’s bite can be very painful.

If you have been seeing these in your area let us know in the comments!


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  1. They find ONE Water Monitor, no doubt someone’s pet, and it is an “invasive species”?? ONE animal does NOT make a species “invasive”! The absolute WORST invasive species in Florida, bar none, is Snowbirdus americanus, which are responsible for the glut of housing developments, resorts and golf courses that are sucking up Florida’s water supply and dumping pollution by the ton into the rivers, lakes and ocean, resulting in those lovely “red tides”. They are the ones who move down South and then complain when they see wild animals, especially if they aren’t furry, and call them “terrifying” and “disgusting”.

    1. Sharon, very well said. I feel sorry for him if he is still out there. Some idiot did release him to die or be killed. The story is blown up to be an invasive species.

    2. Actually that is done by your year rounders and also some snowbirds, not all snowbirds are filthy. Red tide is a natural accuranse, not done by humans. Also Snowbirds help your economy. Vacationers help your economy also. So, please stop being ignorant to yourself.

    3. This is not a one-time deal. There are monitors that are living in South Florida on a regular basis. If they are living here then they are breeding here and it is only a matter of time before they become numerous enough that you see them more often. If you want to go looking for them start looking in the canals and you will find them. They are not aggressive like Gators but I wouldn’t try to approach one nor would I say it wouldn’t attack my small dog. Just imagine what it could do based on its size alone. Iguanas tear up your dogs when they get into fights with them imagine what this monitor could do. By saying it’s a lone pet all by itself is completely naive. It’s an easy research study by opening it up and looking at Florida evasive species and how many they capture per year. I remember about 10 years ago there was a monitor that was stuck in a park bathroom off of Bird Road in Coral Gables. The police had a fun time trying to catch that one. Living in South Florida this is something that we are going to have to deal with we are importing more plants and vegetables and we are going to be bringing in more invasive species not to mention the irresponsible pet owners who release them into the wild and the hurricanes that release these animals Into the Wild unintentionally. Keep your eyes open and your pets on a leash.

  2. Should do some homework author. These reptiles have a deadly bacteria that can kill a bull and will easily kill anything when hungry. Also these animals can get a lot bigger than 6 foot.

        1. They are Asian Water Monitors. They are prevalent in Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries. They are Invasive and could disrupt the natural ecosystem. Their bite can kill you with the bacteria in their saliva. Saw many in Thailand. Cool, but dangerous.

    1. Your confusing this with Komodo dragons which this is Not they are not even sure if these guys have venom or if it’s juat the bad bacteria that makes you sick whereas the Komodo has such bad bacteria unless you get immediate attention you will have a good chance of dying. They now opened a hospital on komodos island which gives people a better chance of auricvcal due to being able to be seen quickly

      1. I looked it up. Monitor and komodos are pretty much the same. Komodo just bigger. Both have venom or bacteria. Seems no one really knows. Both are aggressive. Monitor lizards are in Thailand a lot and many people have been attacked. I wasn’t trying to argue I was trying to make a point that this information doesn’t need to get spread because people sometimes are to lazy to find out the truth. And this information is not true at all.

      2. I did look it up. These are the monitor lizard which is the same as a Komodo just the size is different. They both have venom or bacteria seems no one really knows. But I am not trying to argue about this I am trying to make a point that this information is wrong and people sometimes are to lazy to do any homework and this is very bad information to spread to the public. Cheers. In Thailand monitor lizards are a big thing and they attack people all the time.

        1. They’re not the same. They’re 2 different species that’s why they have 2 different names. Otherwise they both be called Komodo dragons..

      1. I did look it up. These are the monitor lizard which is the same as a Komodo just the size is different. They both have venom or bacteria seems no one really knows. But I am not trying to argue about this I am trying to make a point that this information is wrong and people sometimes are to lazy to do any homework and this is very bad information to spread to the public. Cheers. In Thailand monitor lizards are a big thing and they attack people all the time.

  3. This is an irresponsible incorrect story aimed at stirring up fear and panicking. This is an escaped pet that is very likely docile and looking to people to feed it. For its entire life, it has been fed by people. That’s what it’s looking for. It needs to be captured humanely and returned to captivity. Water monitors have not established themselves in Florida and likely won’t. There aren’t a lot of them in captivity relative to other reptiles. This is the kind of story that doesn’t need to be written.

  4. They will kill a small to medium dog, severely injure a child if not kill them. These are so called pets that got too much for owners and were just let loose because the owner did not know what to do with it. They should all be killed before they over take the state.

  5. You are wrong, I have never commented on the monitor lizard before. But if you don’t want to post my thoughts, that just shows how narrow minded you are and don’t want the people informed. A former neighbor of mine (a FWL Ranger) captured a couple in central Florida and kept them at his home in LOCKED cages. They are very dangerous. Wonder if you will post this writing?

  6. Talk about a load of fear-mongering bs. How many people replying could actually tell the difference between these & a Nile Monitor?
    This was a pet. When you find proof of hatchlings, then post about invasive species… This is rubbish. For the poster below – no, they do not have bacteria – you’re a twit.

  7. The big problem is the Burmese python. That is a very serious invasive species that is displacing alligators and devouring game animals. The State of Florida should have started taking action about this problem 25 years ago.

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