I have not seen too many monitor lizards in my life. The few that I have seen in non-urban environments have always confined themselves to the ground- quickly flitting away when sensing human or other activity around them.
Imagine my surprise then when we found a monitor lizard astride a tree bark. Although not immediately vanishing from our sight, the monitor lizard slowly crawled to the other side of the tree where it felt we couldn’t observe it.
I was fascinated by the texture of its skin, its sharp claws (I somehow imagined they would have lizard like feet- though now that I think about it I do not clearly know what kind of feet lizard really have) and also its eyes. I am not sure what it was doing in the tree (apparently some monitor lizards are arboreal)- eating insects, stealing eggs?