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A Rough-necked Monitor, a kind of monitor lizard of the genus Varanus rudicollis, in Thai known as hao chang, literally ‘barking elephant’. It generally grows to a length of about 140 cm and has enlarged, keeled scales around the neck, which gave this species its common name. It is a tree climber and lives in mangrove forests, as well as in primary and secondary rainforests, where it feeds on birds, fish, frogs, carrion and insects. See also List of Thai Animal Names.

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