Introduction to Monitor Lizards and Man

Our relationship with monitor lizards stretches back over 90,000,000 years. For almost all of this time they have been the predators and we the prey. The first documented cases of predation on monitor lizards by humans date back about 40,000 years (King 1962). Today mankind's relationship with the monitors is a complex one. They are undoubtedly the most important of the lizards to the human race.