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    hia? lia?

    Not having spoken any Thai for more than 18 months now, even the most basic words are leaving me.
    Actually I don't even know the name of this in English.

    This was taken in Lumpini park. I think it is a Hia or Lia or something like that.
    Don't even know what you call it in English. Is it a goanna?

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    Re: hia? lia?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerome View Post
    Not having spoken any Thai for more than 18 months now, even the most basic words are leaving me.
    Actually I don't even know the name of this in English.

    This was taken in Lumpini park. I think it is a Hia or Lia or something like that.
    Don't even know what you call it in English. Is it a goanna?
    Hia (falling tone) เหี้ย Water Monitor

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    Re: hia? lia?

    Thank you

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    Re: hia? lia?

    I've always known this lizard as "ตะกวด".

    Is there a difference?

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    Re: hia? lia?

    I believe the difference between a ตะกวด and เหี้ย is the latter generally lives around water. That is all I know...oh and I know I would not want to get close enough to either of them to know other differences between them. Yikes ....they are kind of scarey looking!
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    Re: hia? lia?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jerome View Post
    Don't even know what you call it in English. Is it a goanna?
    Yes. You are somewhat right. 'Iguana' is his cousin. Zoologicaly known as 'iguana iguana'.

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    Re: hia? lia?

    Australians use the name "Goanna" to refer to Monitor Lizards.

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    Re: hia? lia?

    ตะกวด = Bengal Monitor lizard http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Indian_Monitor
    เหี้ย' = Water Monitor lizard http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_Monitor

    David

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    Re: hia? lia?

    It seems that "ตะกวด" refers to the Monitor lizard, the Varanidae family. "[THAI]เหี้ย[THAI]" refers to Water Monitor, a genes of the Varanidae family.

    This confuses me a little, before when I have seen a Water Monitor in Thailand, the Thais accompanying me have always referred to it as "ตะกวด". There is even a beach in "เกาะพงัน" called "หาดตะกวด", I've seen many Water Monitors there. Could this possibly be the southern Thai language?

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    Re: hia? lia?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5tash View Post
    Australians use the name "Goanna" to refer to Monitor Lizards.
    Wow, I didn't know they were the same thing.
    Thanks for pointing that out.

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