A leopard chose to keep its distance from a monitor lizard that posed a threat to its well-being during a safari in South Africa’s Kruger Nation
A leopard chose to keep its distance from a monitor lizard that posed a threat to its well-being during a safari in South Africa’s Kruger National Park, and it was caught on video. The video shows the leopard constantly circling the monitor lizard looking for a way to attack, but the monitor lizard isn’t interested in being the leopard’s lunch and keeps moving its body in sync with the leopard. Wherever the leopard moved, the monitor lizard countered.
The leopard finally got too close for comfort and the monitor lizard swatted at the leopard with its tail, causing the leopard to back off considerably. The monitor lizard has a powerful tail and claws, something the leopard obviously considered as it continued to look for an angle of attack. After the tail slap, the leopard stopped momentarily, probably thinking if it was worth it to pursue the lizard, then the video ends.
John B. Virata keeps a ball python, two corn snakes, a king snake, and two leopard geckos. His first snake, a California kingsnake, was purchased at the Pet Place in Westminster, CA for $5. His first pet reptile was a green anole that arrived in a small box via mail order. Follow him on Twitter @johnvirata