Journal of Threatened Taxa
Distribution of the Water Monitor (Varanus salvator)
Our paper on the distribution of the Water Monitor (Varanus salvator) has been published in the latest issue of the Journal of Threatened Taxa (full citation below). The paper is available directly from the journal (open access) or can be downloaded from the WCS-Myanmar website. In the paper we present photorecords from northwestern Myanmar that together with a previously published report from Bhamo suggest the distribution of the Water Monitor extends northwards, far up the Ayeyarwady-Chindwin Drainage (most likely into the Hukaung Valley). We “captured” one Water Monitor on a camera trap we placed beside the decomposing carcass of a young Water Buffalo at Limpha Village. Myo Min Win also photographed a smaller Water Monitor inside Htamanthi Wildlife Sanctuary.
Platt, S.G., Myo Min Win, and T.R. Rainwater. 2018. Additional field records provide further resolution of the distribution of the Water Monitor Varanus salvator (Squamata: Varanidae) in northwestern Myanmar. Journal of Threatened Taxa 10:12425-12428.
Download here – Water monitor in Myanmar (2018)