Meet The Earless Monitor Lizards That Look Like Cartoon Dinosaurs

Lizards are among the most interesting and diverse species in the animal kingdom. So far, more than 6000 different kinds of lizards have been identified by reptile research specialists and they are found all over the world. Out of all those species, this particular one is very interesting. It looks like a plastic dinosaur bought from the Australian Museum store in the 90s, and yet those pale blue eyes are giving us serious White Walker vibes.

Endemic to just one place on Earth – the Southeast Asian island of Borneo – the earless monitor lizard (Lanthanotus borneensis) is the only living species in the family Lanthanotidae.

This means that, while it’s related to the ‘true monitors’, such as the brilliant blue-spotted tree monitor from the tiny island of Batanta and Australia’s mighty perentie, it’s so unique that some scientists think that it’s more closely related to the extinct Cherminotus – a prehistoric species known from 70-million-year-old fossils in Mongolia – than any living lizards.

With long, slender bodies, short limbs, and large glove-like hands, these reptiles are like armored snakes, their scales forming thick, pointed ridges all the way up to their strange milky eyes. They lack ear openings (hence the name), but can hear just fine, are they are water lovers – they’ve been known to submerge themselves for hours, only occasionally poking their nostrils above the surface for a burst of oxygen.

They have prehensile tails, which experts have suggested are used to anchor them to rocks on the river bed so they don’t float away. Earless monitor lizards are diminutive little things, typically growing to just 20 cm from nose to tail (reportedly a particular individual at New York’s Bronx Zoo in the 1960s and 70s grew to 51 cm long, although he was morbidity obese).

They’re nocturnal, shy, and generally pretty docile, but they can give you a nasty bite if you agitate them. It’s been reported that the species is very rare, although they can be hard to identify in the wilds of Borneo, which means the population could be doing better than we think.

But then there’s the poaching. Like the poor pangolin, the earless monitor lizard has become something of a holy grail for wildlife traffickers, favored by collectors in Japan, Ukraine, France, Germany, and the Czech Republic.

Pairs can go for as much as €5,000 (approx. AU$8,110) despite the fact that they are protected in Indonesia and trafficking carries a five-year jail sentence.

The big problem is that the species is so little-studied, we don’t know how much all of this poaching is actually affecting the wild population, and just how much trouble these amazing little lizards are in.

But to leave you on a more positive note, let’s celebrate that sweet derpy face:

Image credit: reptiles4all/Shutterstock

Heart Soothing Stories That Will Make You Think Someone Has Cut Onions

We often have the chance to meet good-hearted people or we encounter the sweetest moments with someone or someone who does a very good deed to us. Or just the cases of humans being just humans might inspire and elevate our spirits. Thus is this collection Today we have chosen for you all some of the most emotional cases of people who run into the sweetest situations from others or they did it themselves.

Bellow, you have all that you need to soothe your heart. I advise every one of you to grab a tissue because someone is going to cut some onions right at night. Yes us Earthwonders we are cutting onions today!

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1. For those with golden heart


My parents split when I was in first grade. My mom met my step-dad, mark when I was in second grade. We moved in with him by the time I was in 3rd we moved into his house. He treated my siblings and me as his own since day 1. He even would watch Gilmore Girls with me and my sister every afternoon. After my mom died when I was 16, Mark didn’t make us go live with our biological dad. He continued raising us as his own. He started out as my mom’s boyfriend and became my dad, my best friend, my go-to for advice.

Mark ended up working 3 jobs while having heart failure, asthma, and diabetes. He did everything he could to provide for my sister and me. He passed away 6 days before I graduated college in 2016. It’s been a few years but I still have trouble on Father’s Day. He could have ditched us when our mom died and we didn’t have enough income. But he didn’t. He was there fighting to put food on the table. Happy Father’s Day to all of the fathers who fight for their children.

2. In the name of his angel brother.


3. This Little Fella After Winning First Place In A Bike Tournament


4. Important Memories On Google Maps


5. I Am Finally Cancer Free! Really Excited To Live Life To The Fullest And Have Fun Again


6. He Has Cerebral Palsy, Mitochondrial Disease, And Was In Special Education Until The 7th Grade. He Just Graduated With His Aa And Highest Honors. Pride Is An Understatement


He just received a full-ride scholarship to the school of his dreams. My son is going to rock the world as a lawyer!


7. At The Salt Lake City Farmer’s Market A Few Years Back


8. My Favorite Graduation Photo. This Woman At My Campus’ Subway Kept Me Fed For 4 Years, And When I Was Low On Money, She Came Through For Me


9. Balloon Seller’s Kind Gesture


10. This Is The Day Our Daughter Was Declared In Remission From Stage 2 Liver Cancer


11. A Year Ago I Was Depressed And Suicidal. Today Things Have Gotten Better


12. When My Grandad Passed Away My Grandmother (She Is 85) Started Learning Painting To Distract Herself. After A Year She Gave Me This Painting


13. Best Neighbours


14. Jimmy Carter an ex USA president

15. My Best Bud And I Cleaned Up A Ton Of Trash Today On Our Day Off


16. I Just Found Out That My Neighbors Tell Their Dog I’m Outside When They Want Him To Hurry Up And Get Out The Door. This Is Him Waiting For A Treat From Me


17. Had The European Championship For Wheelchair Basketball. Took The Bronze Medal, And A Ticket To The World Championships In Japan Next Year


Keep working hard lads, you’ll reach good places.

18. Don’t really have anyone to celebrate with, so I thought I’d share with you guys. I’m one year sober!


19. Random Girl At Farmer’s Market Seduces My Partner In Front Of My Very Eyes


20. In France, Peyo, A Beautiful 15-Year-Old Stallion, Often Comes To Comfort And Soothe Terminally Ill Patients At The Techer Hospital In Calais


The horse always chooses which patient he wants to see, kicking his hoof outside the door.

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