How to Catch a River Dragon!


– Okay, we’ve got
a monitor lizard. Let’s motor in
really, really slow. Got it. Hold it still, hold it still. Bring on the boat, bringing
him up, bringing him up. Hold on I don’t have
him under control yet. Whoa, look out,
look out, look out! (dramatic orchestral music) (lion roars) – The rolling grasslands
of South Africa are home to a wide
variety of animal species. Many of which are considered
to be cultural icons. Including elephants, giraffes, and lions. In addition to the
land-dwelling giants, you will also find species
like the hippopotamus, that inhabit the
various water systems. The hippo is
considered to be one of the most dangerous
animals in the world. And on this expedition,
their possible presence, would be an
ever-pressing danger, as we headed out onto
the Bushman’s River. This winding waterway
was the perfect place for us to search for South
Africa’s largest lizard. The Nile monitor. As we drifted along,
our sights were set on the steep embankments, which served as the
perfect basking spot for these semi-aquatic reptiles. So all along this
section of the river, you have a lot of dense
grass, which could be an okay spot to find the
lizards but they really like to bask out on the rocks. Now our guy, Joe, told us
that just up around a couple of these bends you do
have some cliff faces. Difficulty with cliff
faces, is that the lizards may be higher up and
tougher to catch. But if we can get them to
jump down and into the water, they’ll submerge and then
come up and start to swim. That would give me the
opportunity to actually snare from the front of the boat. Anything’s possible today guys. But trust me,
you’ve got my word. We are going to catch
one of these monitors. Catching one of these
speedy and agile lizards would be no easy feat. To catch the Nile
monitor, I would need to build a snare. A tactic that has worked
successfully in the past on reptiles such as the
spiny-tailed iguana, and spectacled caiman. Just about four o’clock. The sun’s starting to
get low in the sky, but it’s still warm
enough for these lizards to be out basking. They’re soaking up the last
rays of the sun for today before they hunker down in
their burrows for the evening. This is a diurnal
species, which means that they’re hunting
under the light of day. For several miles
we pressed up river. Yet not a single monitor
had been spotted. Because this spot looks perfect but so far we have not
seen any signs of lizards. You have burrows that
are up along the edge of this cliffside here. We see birds flying around, which means there
are likely nests, which we know these
lizards would feed on. Just a matter of
actually locating one of these giant reptiles. The sun was beginning
to get low in the sky. Then just as we were
about to turn the boat back toward home, I spotted
our reptilian target. Get the cameras, get
the cameras set up. Okay, we’ve got a monitor lizard that is just up on
top of this rock. It is basking, it
may be asleep, um. Man, it’s a tough call, guys. Do I go for the snare or do
I go for the hand catch here? Okay, let’s motor in
really, really slow. – [Mark] He is
definitely onto us, I don’t know if maybe
you should go on land. – Let’s keep cruising in slow. All right guys,
we got the lizard just up over my
left shoulder here. It has spotted us, but
it has not moved yet. The goal here is for
me to just glide in as close as we can
and try to snare it. If I have to jump out after it, I’m just gonna drop
the stick and go. Okay. Here we go, go
ahead, cut the motor and get us in right
toward the edge. (dramatic music) Our rope is around the lizard. I’ve got it. I’ve got it. Hold on, hold us
still, hold us still! – [Mark] Get him on board. – Bringing him up,
bringing him up, hold on I don’t have
him under control yet. Okay, up on top of the boat. Hold on, nobody move. All right I got him
by his tail now. (lizard hisses) Whoa, look out,
look out, look out! He’s ran around. (lizard hissing)
Hold on, I’m gonna make for a grab,
here we go, hold on one second. Got a good shot? (lizard hissing) One, two, three. Got him. Yes! There ya have it folks, this is a powerful lizard. All right guys, let’s kinda
just coast across the side there and get this reptile up
close for the cameras. Look at that! A modern-day dragon
for ya, right there! Wow! One shot at it and
we got our lizard. Man that is epic! Whoo! Okay, I’m gonna be real
careful getting off here. All right. Hi, buddy, I see ya. Okay. Wow. You can hear that
lizard hissing. Okay what I need to do is
get slightly better control of the reptile. I actually want to loosen
the snare here, quickly. Just kind of get it
off of him, here we go. There we go. Wow. Let me turn it profile for you. Ooh, watch out for the tail
guys, watch out for the tail. He has still got some
incredible fight in him, what I don’t want
is to take a whip in the face from that tail, they will actually use
that as a defense mechanism against any potential predator. Whoa, look at those claws! Okay I’m gonna let him just
latch onto my leg like that, is that an okay
shot for you, Mark? – [Mark] That’s all
right I can make do. – I mean he is grappled onto me and I don’t wanna let go of his neck.
– [Mark] Yeah, if you can just stay there that’s good. – You can see the foam coming
from the lizard’s mouth. A lot of bacteria in there. I’m trying to get my hand from– – [Mark] Do you want me to
undo that from your hand? – There we go, hold on, I wanna get the, I wanna
kinda get the rope off. Actually, Mario if
you could help me out for a second here. I wanna make sure that
I don’t find my fingers in the mouth of a lizard. What I’m gonna do, hold on, just kinda keep him balanced
out in front of me like this. Here we go, now I tethered
myself to the lizard just in case it got away. That way it wouldn’t escape
with a rope around its body. Okay. Man those claws are sharp. – [Mario] It’s like bear claws. – Whoa, those are sharp. Let me see you here
buddy, there we go, wow look at its
mouth open there. That is a beautiful reptile. My goodness, okay. There you go, go ahead
and just cut it off. Okay. Just kinda feed that string out. Ow, ow, ow, ow,
claws, claws, claws. Man! What an incredible dragon. Look at that, okay
now I’ve got control. Or at least I think,
of the lizard. Mario I’ll give you a second
to reposition yourself in the scene, ladies
and gentlemen, let me introduce you
to the Nile monitor. My goodness what a
gorgeous reptile. And that’s a pretty decent size, now they do get bigger
they can reach lengths of six feet. But, this is a formidable beast, an opportunistic predator. Primarily carnivorous
and they’ll also scavenge on dead bodies of
animal carcasses that are floating
down the river system. Now what makes these
monitors specifically unique is that they’re
adapted for living in an aquatic environment. Look at the tail
of this creature. It’s flat, almost like
a propeller or a rudder. And that helps them
to propel their bodies through the water. Now let’s take a look at
the face of this reptile. As we know, dinosaurs
evolved, for the most part, into birds, but when
you zoom in and you look at that face, you can see
just how this resembles the face of a velociraptor. What’s really unique
about this monitor species is that the nostrils are
positioned high up on the skull. That allows them to
keep just their eyes and their nose above the
water when they’re swimming. Wow, it’s looking
right at me right now with incredible intelligence. Now the monitor lizard
is one of the smartest reptiles species in the world. So smart, in fact, that
they can be considered problem-solving. And right now this lizard’s
probably thinking to himself, how did I manage to
get myself caught by Coyote Peterson and
the Brave Wilderness team? But trust me guys, this
adventure was worth it. Because this is the
one reptile I had hoped that we would get up
close for the cameras here in South Africa. Look at all of the muscle in
this lizard’s hind quarters. Let me hold it
upright like that, can you see that? And the hands are
like bear paws. Look at how they’re just
grappled onto my arm right now, you’ll notice they
have enormous claws. They’re excellent
diggers and they will dig through the substrate often
times searching for eggs. Now in an area where you
have Nile crocodiles, they will actually
move in and wipe out an entire clutch of eggs
in a single sitting. Let’s look at the scale
structure of this reptile. As I run my hand down
the length of its back, and over its tail, it feels
exactly like I would imagine a dinosaur to feel. Now of course, as we
know, if some dinosaurs had feathers they would
be a lot fluffier. But in this instance,
trust me guys, it feels as if I am
holding onto something that is 65 million years old. Actually monitor
lizards date back over 100 million years in
the fossil record. Imagine something that
looks just like this, only 10 times this size,
roaming the countryside here in South Africa during
the days of the dinosaurs. That would be intimidating. – So Coyote, that
was interesting, you went for the snare.
– Yes. – You weren’t really sure
what you were gonna do. – Well, considering the
fact, I really wanted to catch one of
these bare-handed. Knowing that it was positioned
up on that embankment and I had clear space to get
the snare close to its head, I figured that was
the right play. Often times lizards
are really curious, if you dangle a string
out in front of them. It doesn’t look
that threatening. The lizard actually raised
its head up in the air, allowed me to get the snare
right over the top of it. I actually let the lizard
move through the snare a little bit before
I cinched it down. And then I had it right
around its front legs and its midsection. The perfect spot to snare
a reptile like this. Ah, ah, ah, ah, oh, claws
going into my fingers. Man he’s got a hold of me. Hi buddy, look at you. I am so excited right now. And it’s tough positioning
here on the embankment of this river, tough
to hold onto the lizard and keep myself
in position, but, let me get him back
like this, there we go. Well guys, it was a
long, arduous search up the river. But we finally came across
the elusive Nile monitor. I’m Coyote Peterson, be brave! Stay wild. We’ll see you on
the next adventure. Man, what a catch! Over the past year, this
has become the third species of monitor lizard
that we have featured on the Brave Wilderness Channel. And I think it’s
easy to see why. I have become fascinated with these predatory reptiles. (slow piano music) Their speedy, cunning agility, make them incredibly
difficult to catch. Their razor-sharp teeth
and dinosaur-like claws make them dangerous
to interact with. And when you combine all of that with their high level
of intelligence, you can begin to understand
why these incredible lizards pose quite the challenge
to safely present in front of the cameras. All right guys, the
most difficult part about catching a monitor,
is then, in turn, releasing the monitor. Okay I’m gonna
gently lay down here, and hopefully it’s going to
spring off into the water, here we go, one, two, three. (water splashes) Whoo! The good news is, I still
have all of my fingers. Yes! So what’s next? Let’s just say it’s time we
visit the Island of Dragons. If you thought the Nile monitor
was a challenging catch, make sure to go back
and watch the episode where I climb a tree
and go face-to-face with the lace monitor. And don’t forget, subscribe, then click
the notification bell, so you can join me and the crew
on our next wild adventure. Oh, boy! That’s really high up to
have caught a monitor. Ah, now the challenge is
gonna be getting back down. (birds chirping)
(wolf howling)

100 thoughts on “How to Catch a River Dragon!

  1. I found one of those in my school and we catch it , then it become the mascot

  2. 365 dislikes?
    1 year=365 dislikes
    1 day=1 dislikes

    WE NEED TO KILL THE DISLIKES
    In the river🤩🤪😂

  3. These animal name in my country is biawak (salvator monitor), in indonesian

  4. I love animals also you make animals so more interesting to me! Love you guys

  5. once a 6-foot long monitor lizard swam in front of my kayak in south Africa and another 5-foot long one ran right in front of me.

  6. This is actually a (Varanus Ornatus) very similar to the niloticus but you can tell the difference in their patterns

  7. I have one of these as pets awesome dude to own once you gain their trust and form a bond they are like big scarlet dogs

  8. lol curiuosity killed the cat people say
    but in this case it killed the lizard=]

  9. I love reptiles but I would like if you would feature a nautilus instead of a monitor lizard okay coyote okay

  10. Me: *struggles to catch an anole*

    Coyote: *catches a huge croc*

    Me: Oh my gOd. hOw.

  11. If I was where Coyote, Mario, or Mark I wouldn’t be able to go 10 feet near one

  12. Coyote sounds like this lizard is paying him to show him off to everyone lol

  13. These are in South Florida too! It's almost like a small amazon here now lol.

  14. I thought the monster looked more like a sucho, but now I can see the raptor

  15. I watch this channel just as much for the photography as much as I do for entertainment and knowledge. You are awesome Mark and Mario😁

  16. I have one as a pet and he is a sweet heart so they are not all like this but ya for the most part they are horrible to be around for the most part

    Horrible pets buy cool to look at and ink definitely only for ADVANCED keepers

  17. Ok you want to see more of Nile monitor go see Clint’s reptiles is the Nile monitor the best pet lizard …

  18. Today i just saved a kitten witch was stuck in a pipe and that kitten was my kitten's sister but i had to get it back in his real family and i can get him in any time now!😍😍😍😍🤣🤣🤣😥😥😥😥🐱🐱🐱🐈🐱🐱

  19. I'm not suprise seeing this lizard since I almost saw it everyday at my village but nice documentary

  20. 11:20 however brief, subtle movements of the eyes, especially looking forward, or somewhere specific, goes to show, that a little display as that, can remind you, animals are exceedingly intelligent, aware of themselves and their surroundings, and have basic intellect regarding external stimuli, always super fascinating

  21. I cant tell the difference between these monitors to the ones that lived near my village in Malaysia. Both are water monitors, are they the same thing with different names or what?

    Actually their colours are different, I think.

  22. You guys should partner with the Sea Turtle Conservancy vital ground snow leopard trust the Australian Koala Foundation the giraffe conservation Foundation and the WCS

  23. I have a question! I absolutely love your videos and enjoy seeing the wild creatures you catch, but my question is “Why?” Why do you catch these creatures?

  24. Actually we have that kind of creature here in our country of Philippines mostly people set a trap for it for much easier to catch.

  25. We called it biawak here. They’re literally everywhere, even in the front of my house lol.

  26. This Is What me and my friend feel like when capturing normal lizards

  27. Sorry I’m a little late. I’ve been watching brave wilderness literally all day and I’m very interested. Such a fun channel 🙂

  28. I love you so much coyote all the animals and creatures you do please do a tv show 😭 I love you keep doing what your doing

  29. When you got the lizard on the boat and showed him you were strangeling him because his toung is out and looks like you were strangeling him

  30. If Coyote fall in the river with that creature, it will be the best video ever.

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