Article: Introducing Varanus mertensi: Wonderful article

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Image Introducing Varanus mertensi
By tropicbreeze on December 20, 2010

Probably I should have told this story a few years back. In any case, the reason will become apparent later on. Meantime let me introduce you to the Mertens Water Monitor.

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Imagevalleylynn
Dec 20, 2010 9:34 AM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
I really enjoyed your article Zig, but it made me sad to know they no longer come to your dam. They are a very handsome reptile.
I wonder how many other species are dying out because of the toads?
ImageZanymuse
Dec 20, 2010 12:25 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
What magnificent looking lizards they are! Much prettier than the Iguanas.

Has any effort been made to remove the toads, or is the problem too widespread?
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Imagewcgypsy
Dec 20, 2010 9:15 PM CST
Name: Sherry
Crescent City, Ca.
How very cool those are! I would feel indeed blessed to have those on my property. I'm saddened by all of the introductions of non-indigenous species that harm the native wildlife. Human beings seem to be so short-sighted in actions. Thank you for sharing these marvelous creatures with us.
ImageSharon
Dec 20, 2010 11:25 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Another wonderful article, Zig, and another very dignified and beautiful creature.
Yes, how very sad to see non-indigenous species harm the natives, no fault of either critter.

Keep teaching us, Zig...we are reading every word!
Thanks.
ImageNanny56
Dec 21, 2010 6:02 PM CST
Name: Claudia
Putnam County Indiana
Sharran wrote:Another wonderful article, Zig, and another very dignified and beautiful creature.
Yes, how very sad to see non-indigenous species harm the natives, no fault of either critter.

Keep teaching us, Zig...we are reading every word!
Thanks.


Couldn't say it any better.
Imagegoldfinch4
Dec 22, 2010 9:20 AM CST
Name: Chris
Wisconsin z4
I agree I really enjoy your articles and all the pictures!
ImageRetSgt
Dec 22, 2010 10:50 PM CST
Name: Sarge
Live Life You may not be here tomor
Awesome article, love the photos now i am hungry Whistling Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing and miss my pet too ! No I did not Eat It either Drooling Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing but i did get a chance to try one of them little succulent creatures Whistling Hay don't knock it until ya try it !

i think they are pretty too and I do respect the conservation side of things , you just have to remember I have been quite a few places that them things think that you are their food not th other way around Blinking Blinking Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing .

Good job on the Article and photos again i did enjoy it .

Sarge
tropicbreeze
Dec 23, 2010 10:08 AM CST
Lynn, thanks. Cane Toads have caused a lot of loss. Some species are learning to avoid them, some aren't. Then on top of that, they breed in such huge numbers they deplete the food for other species.

Brenda, efforts have been made to control them but a single female can lay 30,000 to 40,000 eggs. They just overwhelm the environment. I regularly remove them from my property, as do many other people. But a lot of others just aren't concerned. My attitude is that for every toad I remove it becomes a bit safer for the natives.

Sherry, you're right, they're a great animal. Those that introduced the toads just didn't think it through.

Sharon, glad you enjoyed it.

Claudia, thanks.

Chris, thanks, for an important issue I think it needs to be well presented.

Sarge, I'll let you in on a little secret (just between you and me), I eaten quite a few Goannas over the years, and they taste just great. Never did eat a Mertens though. But now with the toads decimating them I couldn't do it again.
ImageRetSgt
Dec 23, 2010 10:39 AM CST
Name: Sarge
Live Life You may not be here tomor
Zig,

I admit it was a few years ago and was the Goannas that I had eaten. and much like you due to changes unless I were to take a trip to an area where they were not endangered I would not be eating them again. although , there is one that is loose in a county just above ours and No One seems to want to deal with it the Lil feller has now gained the Massive Size of 6.5 Feet long , Yes here in Tennessee!

Sarge
tropicbreeze
Dec 25, 2010 5:49 AM CST
Hey Sarge, I'll go shares with you, but I want the tail. Hilarious!
ImageRetSgt
Dec 25, 2010 12:20 PM CST
Name: Sarge
Live Life You may not be here tomor
Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! they thought it was a gator for a long time . till some one finally seen it then they said it was a Huge Lizard Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Whistling folks thought they were fibbing again a photo was taken and the Mystery was solved by this time it had grow to a massive size and become very allusive from folks even from the traps that the TWRA had set . and it is still loose . I hope too catch it in the spring as the reward has grown for the capture or the killing of it and you get to keep him too Hurray! Hurray! Thumbs up Whistling i do have several places that I am working with to get him as they are losing some of their stock to him .

Sarge
tropicbreeze
Dec 27, 2010 7:52 AM CST
Sounds like it's probably a Komodo Dragon.
ImageRetSgt
Dec 27, 2010 1:59 PM CST
Name: Sarge
Live Life You may not be here tomor
Zig,

You would be right ! it is funny 3 days ago it was not confirmed what type it actually was . However, one of the "Large Steal Live Traps" I had Made worked, Sticking tongue out I had made a 6 ft X 8 ft Steal Cage and put a live bait (guarded so it could not be Hurt) Lovey dubby and some other Meat in the cage . It worked. although I did not get to keep the Critter ( I am MAD & VERY IRRITATED) Grumbling Grumbling They will be sending it to a Zoo after an "All go check-up for health & welfare" Thumbs up

Hurray! Whistling I guess it is for the best so others can enjoy the Critter that "Survived the South" and I did sign the waver so he could "Live a Better Life" Lovey dubby Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Oh well ! I guess it is for the better , he would have been tough anyway ! Glare Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

The Sarge

I tip my hat to you.
tropicbreeze
Dec 27, 2010 2:50 PM CST
Congratulations on a successful capture. They use the same methods for trapping and monitoring Komodo Dragons on the island as we do for crocs here. Have a look at my croc article on this cubit, you'll probably find it interesting:

http://cubits.org/crocodiles/articles/view/715/
ImageRetSgt
Dec 27, 2010 4:03 PM CST
Name: Sarge
Live Life You may not be here tomor
that was a very good article i did enjoy it . even though I did not get to "Grill the feller " it was a Good Adversary and a challenge, He did earn his Freedom & Life for Surviving the harsh Cold in Tennessee . I still wonder what he would have tasted like though on the Barbie-Q Big Grin Grumbling Rolling on the floor laughing Whistling .... OH Well I guess it it is good too be Nice once in a while Glare Angry Hilarious! Rolling my eyes. .... really though he will be much happer in a warm place !

Sarge

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