Wait. A lizard with the size of a NORMAL HUMAN?? Please don't hug me at night.
Photograph courtesy A.C. Diesmos, National Museum of the Phiippines
It has a double penis, is as long as a tall human, and lives in a heavily populated area of the Philippines.
Yet somehow the 6.6-foot-long (2-meter-long) lizard Varanus bitatawa (pictured) has gone undetected by science until recently.
The researchers suspect the fruit-eating tree dweller escaped scientific detection until now because there've been few reptile surveys of the mountain forests where V. bitatawa—or the Sierra Madre forest monitor—lives.
The 22-pound (10-kilogram) lizards are also "incredibly secretive," study team member and biologist Daniel Bennett of Mampam Conservation told National Geographic News in 2010.