Megalania – A Monster Still Among Us?

Posted by: Nick Redfern on July 23rd, 2015


Is it feasible that the subtropical rainforests of Australia are home to gigantic, marauding lizards of twenty to thirty feet in length? Could such Jurassic Park-like beasts really remain hidden, undetected, and free to rampage around in near-unstoppable fashion? Just maybe, the answer is “yes.”

As for the creature itself, it’s not something created out of the minds of the fantasy-driven and the deluded. Thousands of years ago, Australia really was home to such immense beasts. Do they still live, despite the fact that they have been declared completely and utterly extinct?

Read more at my Mysterious Universe article here.

Nick Redfern About Nick Redfern
Punk music fan, Tennents Super and Carlsberg Special Brew beer fan, horror film fan, chocolate fan, like to wear black clothes, like to stay up late. Work as a writer.

6 Responses to “Megalania – A Monster Still Among Us?”

  1. springheeledjack responds:

    I’ve read enough accounts that it makes it worth investigating…of course I’m not in the right corner of the world to do it, and even if I were, I’d go looking cautiously. That thing is big and it’s a predator…not like hunting for Nessie where I’m pretty sure I’m safe on land.

  2. Goodfoot responds:

    The resemblance to the Komodo Dragon is striking, and they’re from the same part of the planet.

  3. dconstrukt responds:

    highly unlikely its anything more than a normal animal… no monster or dinosaur… LOL

  4. cryptokellie responds:

    Since both the Komodo Dragon and Megalania are included in the family Varanidae they share similarities although the comparisons and descriptions being presented as a gigantic Komodo Dragon are not quite accurate. No complete skeleton of Megalania has been found and a lot of conjecture is being used as to what the animal looked like and what size it might attain. The scientific name for Megalania is Varanus priscus according to Ralph Molnar in 2004. If Megalania has somehow persisted to the present day, it would be a fabulous addition the list of “Living Fossils” and not a dinosaur or monster. Although at a possible 20 foot + length, it would be one damn big lizard to stumble across.

  5. Goodfoot responds:

    cryptokellie: WAAAAY too big for this guy! I like my lizards small and perky.

  6. Doug responds:

    Wasn’t there a Monster Quest episode about this? Other than tracks I don’t remember much about it. It would be a nightmare to run into for sure.

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