Sunday, October 20, 2019

Beasts and Monsters: Megalania

If you travel to the islands of the Whale hunters be warned that straying into the wilderness could lead you to encounter great lizards which have been known to take down and kill fully grown men. Further to the South East there is a land where there are said to be even bigger examples of this monster. Large enough to swallow a person whole!
- An Account of Tanah Sunda by Rishasingra 

Thanks to Faoladh from for suggesting the Megalania. This is the largest lizard known to have existed. A relative of the Komodo Dragon it might have grown to be 5.5 meters in length, some say even up to 7 meters. It lived up to 50,000 years ago in what is now Australia.

The Komodo Dragon is currently found on the islands of Komodo, Rinca, Flores and Gili Motang and even though it is smaller than the Megalania it has been known to attack and kill people.

Find out more here: Wikipedia: Megalania and read about the Komodo Dragon here: Wikipedia: Komodo Dragon

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