Unwelcome Visitor: Watch This Huge Lizard Waltz Into a Woman’s Tent and Scare Her Stiff

Written by Kirstin Harrington
Published: March 22, 2023
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The administrative center of Kruger National Park is Skukuza Camp. It is the largest camp and has amenities like a store, an ATM, a restaurant, a library, a gas station, and more. The best camp in Kruger Park, according to many visitors, is Skukuza Rest Camp. 

Both inside Skukuza Rest Camp and in the neighborhood, there are a variety of activities, attractions, and amenities to choose from. The Skukuza Rest Camp is a great rest camp from which to search for the Big Five and nearby wildlife.

Marula tree (Sclerocarya birrea)
Marula tree (Sclerocarya birrea), Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga, South Africa.

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Although tourists may see a wide variety of animals during their stay there, they may not expect to have such a close encounter as one group did. While in their tent, relaxing after a long day, a group of people was shocked when a monitor lizard waltzed right in! 

The smallest monitor species only reach a length of eight inches. Nonetheless, a few species can reach lengths of seven to 10 feet and are fairly enormous. Monitor lizards often have substantial, sturdy bodies, lengthy necks, sturdy legs, and long tails, regardless of their size.

Monitors are constantly on guard and easily frightened by abrupt movements and noises. Their personalities vary widely; some become fairly submissive while others continue to be suspicious of people. Clearly, this one is used by people as it has no issue sneaking into an occupied tent. 

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Multiple screams are heard when the lizard strolls into the tent. It’s safe to say these ladies weren’t expecting this type of visitor. Let’s be honest, it sure beats a lion or tiger walking into your space.

One of a monitor lizard’s most harmful characteristics is its bite, which may be extremely painful. The venomous bite of this species can kill its prey. The monitor lizard‘s venom does not, however, kill people. It is fatal to smaller animals, including perhaps a domesticated cat.

There aren’t many species that have sparked as many legends as the Bengal monitor lizard (Varanus bengalensis). This animal is surrounded by superstition. Some absurdly assert that consuming its meat will make them stronger and more virulent than humans, while others absurdly assert that it can attack and kill cows.

Thankfully, nobody was hurt when this particular monitor lizard walked into the tourist’s tent, but it sure is hilarious hearing their reaction. We can only imagine what it would’ve been like to see it in person. 

Take a look at the footage below to instantly put a smile on your face!

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When she's not busy playing with her several guinea pigs or her cat Finlay Kirstin is writing articles to help other pet owners. She's also a REALTOR® in the Twin Cities and is passionate about social justice. There's nothing that beats a rainy day with a warm cup of tea and Frank Sinatra on vinyl for this millennial.

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