Friday, July 8, 2011

Creature Feature: The Megalania

The Megalania was a creature that once roamed Australia during the Pleistocene. This carnivorous lizard got up to 30 feet in length and weighed up to a ton. It’s thought to resemble a large Komodo dragon. It was still roaming Australia when aboriginal settlers lived in the area and they still tell stories about this creature.

While many people are skeptical that something as large as the Megalania could exist undetected, several sightings have been reported, some as recently as the 1970’s. Some people believe the sightings are misidentified crocodiles. A print was also find, although there’s been some debate on its authenticity.

It’s hard to say whether this animal is still living outside of the legends and stories that surround it, but I’m certain people will keep looking.  

1 comment:

  1. It could very well be a crocodile where Australia is concerned. Crocs there get up to 30-feet (salt water crocs I'm told). I think that's incredible.