Megalania is an extinct giant monitor lizard. It was one of the megafauna that roamed southern Australia, and appeared to have became extinct around 4,000 years ago. It was once thought to belong to a distinct mono-type genus and called Megalania prisca meaning “great roamer”, in reference to the terrestrial nature of the great saurian. Sir Richard Owen in 1859 gave it the name Megalania prisca. Molnar in 2004 wanted to place Megalania into the genus “Varanus” which encompasses all living lizards. The first aboriginal settlers of Australia would certainly have encountered living Megalania.
Lack of enough fossil material has made it very hard to determine the exact dimensions of Megalania. Conservative estimates place the length of the largest individuals at over 23 feet with maximum conservative weight of approximately 4,268 pounds. Average size specimens would have been leaner but still impressive at about 704 pounds. Megalania was the largest land dwelling lizard to have ever lived, and a fearsome predator as well as a scavenger. Judging from its size, Megalania would feed mostly on medium to large sized animals, including any of the great marsupials like Diprotodon along with other reptiles, small mammals, birds and their eggs and chicks.Megalania had heavily built limbs and body, a large skull complete with a small crest in between the eyes, and a powerful jaw full of serrated blade-like teeth. Due to its size and similarities to the Komodo Dragon (large monitor lizard that can reach 10 feet and weigh about 300 pounds in adulthood), a relationship between the two species has been suggested. In reality, however, Megalania’s closest living relative is the Perentie, Australia’s largest living lizard, not the Komodo Dragon. The reason why there is lack of fossil evidence for the Megalania is because not all got fossilized during the worldwide flood of Genesis 6-8. Remember when they tried to exterminate the American Bison (Buffalo). They killed the buffalo by the millions and left them to rot on the plains. Not one single complete fossil was found of them. Go figure!
There has been some reports and rumors of Megalania in Australia, and occasionally in New Guinea, as recently as the mid 1990’s. But no concrete evidence has been found.for these claims. Even though in 1979, Rex Gilroy, a cryptozoologist, made a plaster cast of a possible Megalania footprint, scientists did not accept that there is live Megalania roaming Australia. They pointed out that the suppose sightings of this lizard did not begin until after Rex Gilroy found the footprints.
Even if Megalania is extinct, it was more than twice the size of an adult Komodo dragon, which are alive today. Komodo Dragons are very impressive lizards. Megalania and the Komodo Dragon were on the Ark and survive the Genesis Flood. Megalania died out after the Flood due to hunting and lack of habitat when the first people came to Australia. A few could of survived, just like the Komodo Dragon has survived to this day. We need to give God the glory for such an awesome lizard He created. Amen! (Revelation 4:11)