This program reviews the monitor lizard genus which, dispute the incredible diversity between species, share common traits such as the ability to count, that lead biologists to peg them as ... See full summary »

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Gordon Burghardt ...
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This program reviews the monitor lizard genus which, dispute the incredible diversity between species, share common traits such as the ability to count, that lead biologists to peg them as the most evolutionarily advanced of the lizards. Dr. Eric Pianka, who studied lizards for forty years in Australia, serves as guide. Program concludes with the customary, trite comment on human impact on climate change and the environment. Written by David Foss

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Godzilla Beware!!
15 July 2016 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

When it comes to being a reptile - There can be no doubt that Monitor lizards are, indeed, the ultimate kings (and, yes, queens) of the entire lot.

Next to crocodiles - You can be sure that Monitors are right up there on the top of the food chain, with no other creature daring to challenge their special status (if they know what's good for them).

Reaching lengths of up to 10 feet (and weighing 200 lbs.) - Monitor lizards are clearly seen as being left-overs from the Dinosaur Age. With their forked-tongues, razor-sharp teeth, and, often nasty dispositions - Monitors are definitely one fearsome creature that a person (in their right mind, of course) wouldn't want to tangle with.

From plenty of great camera-work to very informative narration - "Lizard Kings" is an awesome wild-life documentary that introduces the viewer to a long-feared and greatly misunderstood creature in a way that this beast has never been seen before.


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