Goa: The alarming rise in incidents of killing monitor lizards for skin, meat and blood has threatened the existence of this reptile in Goa. The common Indian monitor lizard, which feeds on rodents, birds eggs, skunks, spiders and insects, is locally popular as gaar or ghorpad.
“Our staff managed to arrest them red-handed with the three killed monitor lizards and also the weapons used,” Anand Jadhav, sub-divisional forest officer at Ponda, told. Deputy conservator of forests, North Goa division, Anisha Kalkote, told the forest department has undertaken a drive to create awareness for protecting monitor lizards. “Posters have been printed to make the people aware about the ecological importance of the monitor lizards and the fact that it is a crime to kill it has been highlighted,” Kalkote said.
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