The DENR National Capital Region through its North Field Office (NFO) retrieved a Marbled Water Monitor Lizard (Varanus marmoratus) in Caloocan City.

The water monitor lizard lives in a variety of natural habitats though mainly resides in primary forests and mangrove swamps. Monitor lizards are traded globally and are the most common type of lizard to be exported from Southeast Asia, with 8.1 million exported between 1998 and 2007.

The Philippines is home to several monitor lizards, some of which are listed as Endangered, Vulnerable, or Threatened under DENR Administrative Order No. 2019-09 or Updated National List of Threatened Philippine Fauna and their Categories. This means that they are under threat of extinction if we fail to stop hunting them or destroying their natural habitats.

The reptile was taken to the Biodiversity Management Bureau’s Wildlife Rescue Center in Quezon City for examination and rehabilitation.