This Monitor Lizard Doesn’t Even Care That a Huge Cobra Is Eating Its Neck

Written by Alan Lemus
Updated: October 18, 2023
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Lizards are reptiles that spend their entire lifetime on land. They have long bodies, short legs, and flat, balanced tails. Most lizards have scales with pores for breathing through the skin. Some lizards can dash on their hind legs, while others can swim well.

Lizards are mainly carnivores (meat-eaters), but there are some herbivores (plant-eaters), like the green iguana. Lizard predators include birds such as eagles, hawks, and vultures; snakes such as rattlesnakes; mammals such as foxes, skunks, and raccoons; and other reptiles such as alligators and crocodiles.

Initially, the monitor lizard in this amazing video appears unconcerned by the cobra eating its neck. However, the lizard eventually escapes from the cobra’s fangs after a little struggle. 

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How Do Lizards Defend Themselves From Predators?

Lizards are good at defending themselves from predators. They have a variety of physical and behavioral defenses that help them escape danger.

Physical Defenses

Lizards have tough skin and sharp teeth that enable them to bite and chew their way out of tight situations. 

Some lizards, like iguanas, can even shed their tails when predators grab them. Instead, the tail will break off at the base and continue wriggling while the lizard escapes. The predator then eats what appears to be the lizard’s whole body, but in reality, it is only part of its tail!

Behavioral Defenses

Lizards also rely on behavior to protect themselves from predators. For example, some species change color when they feel threatened — this is called camouflage. Other lizards can blend with their surroundings by changing the texture or color of their skin.

Some lizard species have venomous bites that can kill their prey quickly, so they don’t need to chase them down long distances or fight them for long periods. 

For example, if a predator attacks an iguana, it will bite its attacker’s legs so that it can’t move away quickly enough before it dies from venom.

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Some lizards change color to evade predators.

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How Do I Get Rid of Monitor Lizards?

Monitor lizards are usually not aggressive and only attack people when they feel threatened. Therefore, the best way to get rid of monitor lizards is to remove whatever attracts them to your home in the first place

Monitor lizards are nocturnal creatures, so they will most likely be out at night. Therefore, remove any debris or coverings and food sources, such as pet food left outside or trash bins with food scraps inside that might attract monitor lizards. 

If you have a swimming pool, make sure there are no holes or cracks that could allow a monitor lizard to enter it. Monitor lizards often burrow into the dirt around pools and eat small animals like frogs and fish.

If you have pets, ensure they stay indoors at night so that you don’t inadvertently invite a monitor lizard into your home by leaving pet food outside overnight. Monitor lizards are attracted to cats and dogs as potential meals, so keeping pets indoors at night will help keep them safe from predators such as snakes and monitor lizards.

The photo featured at the top of this post is © Danny Ye/

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About the Author

Alan is a freelance writer and an avid traveler. He specializes in travel content. When he visits home he enjoys spending time with his family Rottie, Opie.

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