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On 09 June 2015, a Common Water Monitor Varanus salvator (Laurenti, 1768) was observed and photographed (Image 1) on the campus of Banmaw University, Banmaw (Bhamo), Kachin State, Myanmar (24018â€™15â€N & 97015â€™52â€E).Â Subsequently, a second individual was observed 140km to the west at Banmauk, Sagaing Division (24024â€™N & 95051â€™E). These two observations are the first records of Varanus salvator from Upper Myanmar since Anderson (1878). It would be interesting to conduct follow-up studies to determine whether this is indeed a relict northern population.Â
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