By Rebecca Drew

 

ACTION-PACKED footage shows the dramatic moment two male Bengal monitors went head to head in a clash of the titans.

 

The incredible clips show the 15-pound lizards standing up in the grass, biting as they scramble to try and pull each other to the ground.

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Other exhilarating footage shows one monitor pinning the other to the floor before being dramatically turned over by its sparring partner.

 

The video clips were captured by photographer and filmmaker, Sandesh Kadur at the Ranthambore National Park, Rajasthan, India.

 

The Bengal monitor is widely distributed in southern Asia, from Iran to Java, Indonesia. They are usually found on the ground but young lizards can be found in trees – they often stand on their back legs to get a better view of their surroundings, with males standing on their hind legs to fight.

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They can stay submerged underwater for up to 17 minutes.

 

The monitors are hunted for their meat, eggs and skin with the fat being used in traditional Chinese medicine.

 

The most impressive species of monitor is the Komodo dragon which is the largest living lizard.

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