Nile Water Monitor aka Woodumboo surprises residents of Umhlathuzana

Nile Water Monitor aka Woodumboo surprises residents of Umhlathuzana

Yoh, an extra large lizard is running around your yard. 

A Nile water monitor running on the ground
A Nile water monitor running on the ground/TikTok Screenshot/@clintongovender28

As KZNers, we are used to dealing with unwanted visitors in our homes and yards...

We're referring to the slithery, reptilian types, but these aren't the only ones that grace us with their presence. 

A resident of Umhlathuzana recently shared how on New Year's Eve they were surprised to see what many people in the Indian community call a 'Woodumboo'. 

The correct term for this large lizard is a Nile Monitor and as you will see they are quite fast. 

Considered the largest lizard in Africa, with proper care they can live up to 30 years of age. These lizards are also considered as important predators in the ecosystem and usually stay close to water. 

It makes sense then why this one was inside a water trough outside a home in Umhlatuzana. This Nile Monitor probably wandered a bit too far from home. 

The TikToker who posted the video shared that there is a river about 3km away from his home and there are many Nile Monitors that live there. 

Watch the video below, courtesy of TikTok

@clintongovender28 #SAMA28 #foryoupage #tiktok #fup #umhlatuzana #fup ♬ original sound - Clinton govender

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People were quick to share their comments. Check some of them out below. 

  • "I would have sold up & left the entire planet"
  • "It was in my kitchen and dining security to help..went thru the dining room window into the wild"
  • "Eish my family probably would be buring me now lol"
  • "Yall chasing the thing away but it was trying to help yall wash the clothes" 

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