Bruno D'Amicis - King of the heat

Bruno D'Amicis - King of the heat

Only during the central hours of the hottest days of the year, one can hope to surprise a desert monitor out of its burrow in the Sahara. Usually, one shall be content just of finding on the sand the ubiquitous tracks left by this restless reptile, which reveal the vastness of its territory. Once approached on foot, this very large lizard usually runs very fast, away from the intruder. Sometimes, though, this proud animal doesn't escape at all and instead comes straight to you, head down... On such a rare occasion, its 1,5 meters of length, a muscular tail that flashes like a whip and a bite that one will never forget, made it immediately clear who was the real "King of the Heat"!

Location: Grand Erg Oriental, Africa

Posted on 05.10.2013
Photo info - DSLR, 17-40, handheld
Tags: africa bruno damicis desert monitor reptile sahara sand varanus griseus wildlife photography
Bruno D'Amicis - King of the heat

Bruno D'Amicis - King of the heat

Only during the central hours of the hottest days of the year, one can hope to surprise a desert monitor out of its burrow in the Sahara. Usually, one shall be content just of finding on the sand the ubiquitous tracks left by this restless reptile, which reveal the vastness of its territory. Once approached on foot, this very large lizard usually runs very fast, away from the intruder. Sometimes, though, this proud animal doesn't escape at all and instead comes straight to you, head down... On such a rare occasion, its 1,5 meters of length, a muscular tail that flashes like a whip and a bite that one will never forget, made it immediately clear who was the real "King of the Heat"!

Location: Grand Erg Oriental, Africa

Posted on 05.10.2013
Photo info - DSLR, 17-40, handheld
Tags: africa bruno damicis desert monitor reptile sahara sand varanus griseus wildlife photography