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Discovery of new species in the Philippines says a lot

Written By David D'Angelo on Wednesday, April 7, 2010 | 4/07/2010

A team of researchers discovered a new and rare species of giant lizard in the Philippines. The giant lizard was discovered in the Sierra Madre mountains.

The giant 6.5-foot (2-meter) -long lizard was first spotted in 2004 when local researchers saw local Agta tribesmen carrying one of the dead reptiles said the report. It was only last year however that it was identified as a new specie.

The reptile was called "The Northern Sierra Madre Forest Monitor Lizard" or Varanus bitatawa. It eats fruits and snails and not carcasses that other lizards of its same kind eats.

The lizard is also a relative of the Komodo Dragon according to American and Filipino researchers who wrote about the discovery.

With this discovery the necessity to protect and preserve the relative volatility of the environment in the Philippines becomes paramount and mandatory. It is therefore essential that protection does not only become a civil obligation but also a political duty.


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