Animals Video

By Ellie Duncombe

These monitor lizards are enjoying an egg hunt!

Sneaking about in the sand, the two reptiles are in a race against time to score a few crocodile eggs before the predators return.

But after managing to grab a quick bite, the rival lizards turn their attentions to each other.

The dominant lizard, in an effort to bag more eggs later, chases the second across a small stream.


The video was captured by Matthew McCreesh and Catherine van Eyk, the founders of Raw Wild, in Kruger National Park in South Africa.

Catherine said: “Water monitors’ favourite food is eggs. They often dig in the sand looking for crocodile, water bird and even sometimes frogs eggs.

“They have an incredible sense of smell and using their long tongues they can sense the eggs through the sand.

“I believe the water monitors found two eggs, although I reckon if they did not start a fight over the spot they would have found more.


“We watched them for about 15 minutes before moving on.

“The female crocodiles were nowhere to be seen. They could have been hunting or further downstream.

“They cannot always watch over the eggs as they will overheat if they do not cool down in the water.”