A new species of 6-foot-long lizard has been discovered in the Philippines. But its habitat is quickly fading because of deforestation.
In this April 2006 photo released by the National Museum of the Philippines, a golden-spotted monitor lizard rests on a tree trunk in the Sierra Madre mountains, in the Philippines. Scientists said in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters of April 7 that they have discovered a 6.5-foot long golden-spotted monitor lizard, named Varanus bitatawa, in the forested mountains of the Philippines. They have determined it to be a new species.