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(juvenile) monitors - small mammal pests - Mesozoic counterpart?
They can't survive the winters here outside,
but if one were to pick up a pair of say,
moderate-sized juvenile (non-Komodo) monitors
and turned them loose in the large group of
oaks, pecans, and maples around here in SC,
would they go after an overpopulation of
pesky, get-in-the-rafters, gnaw-on-the-shed
rats-with-tails squirrel population with
There was a cat in the neighborhood that would
go to each nest and singly paw-out the pups,
drop them to the ground, then descend and
gobble them - but she's no longer around.
Have fossil stomach-contents of monitor-like
lizards ever been found? Any early, small
skwarl-like mammals in the diet?
Of course, short of the mockingbirds and starlings, I'd hate to see monitors
the bird population around here - just want
them to munch on squirrels and mice.