This guy was smallish. I say small-ish because, at about 2 1/2 feet long, this lizard isn’t all that large. We’ve had four foot and longer lizards invade our garden and even our house, so this one, not so big.
But there are lizards that are much smaller than 2 feet, so… How to label him correctly?
The Invader! Well, yes, but he’s really Lizard Invader #, uh, 6 or 7. Seriously, it happens often enough. And we did have a family of lizards, ranging from 3 1/2 feet to about 5 feet long, living on our roof at our last house. That, apparently, happens often enough here.
These aren’t lizards that’ll eat humans. Heck, they barely looked at my cat, Oberon. Not to munch on, but to see how much of a threat Oberon was to them. Granted, Oberon was a biggish cat at over 14 pounds, massive compared to Sri Lankan cats that seem to average around the 2 or 3 pound mark, but still…
Without further ado, here’s the latest lizard to invade our garden. And no, I have no idea what kind of lizard this is… Thanks to e4c5 (see comments), this lizard has been positively identified as thalagoya (Sinhala), iguana (Sri Lankan English), Bengal monitor (western English), or Varanus bengalensis.