Pythons & Lizards

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A Rock Python works his coils around a monitor lizard

Returning to Ranthambhore ( and this blog ) after a couple of months, we had a day full of tigers playing in the monsoon rains, stalking & hunting chitals, tracked a patrolling dominant tiger who stumbled upon and surprised a sub-adult into full flight. Saw a tiger run like a cheetah for the first time in my life. We also had a leopard sighting while waiting for a tiger to emerge from the same spot. However, nature throws surprises at you as it must and this was was the highlight of the day just as we were exiting the park- a life & death struggle between a large monitor lizard & a rock python.

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A large monitor lizard struggles in the grip of a coiled Rock Python

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