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Petting Zoo: Nessie Un-Lochs Her Way to Safety

Nessie, an Asian Water Monitor that was found in Kansas, is named after a Loch Ness Monster! 

Asian Water Monitors, like Nessie, live in Southeast Asia. It's no wonder that Nessie's appearance in Kansas was exciting and surprising!

Need not fret! If you are bit by an Asian Water Monitor, its venom would only have a mild effect on you. As long as you respect the distance of Asian Water Monitors and admire them from afar, our friends like Nessie would not hurt you!

Asian Water Monitors breathe unidirectionally like birds, which means that they retain oxygen both when inhaling and exhaling. They can hold their breath under water for 30 minutes!

Next time you think about a Loch Ness monster, do not only think about the myth, but remember the skill set that Nessie the Asian Water Monitor possesses!