Lizard Kings

Links & Books


Eric R. Pianka Homepage
On the website of Eric Pianka, the "Lizard Man," learn about the evolution of monitors, his current research projects, and more.

National Geographic: Komodo Dragon
Find pictures, video, and more information about the Komodo dragon, the world's largest monitor lizard, on this website from National Geographic.

Encyclopedia of Life: Komodo Dragon
Learn more about the Komodo dragon at this Encyclopedia of Life entry.

A Run-In With An Australian Desert Lizard
Listen to the sounds of the goanna through this radio story at NPR's website.


Varanoid Lizards of the World
by Eric Pianka and Dennis King. Indiana University Press, 2004.

Lizards: Windows to the Evolution of Diversity
by Eric Pianka and Laurie Vitt. University of California Press, 2003.

The Lizard Man Speaks
by Eric Pianka. University of Texas Press, 1994.


"Komodo Dragons Even More Deadly Than Thought: Combined Tooth-Venom Arsenal Key to Hunting Strategy"
Science Daily, May 19, 2009.

"Strange But True: Komodo Dragons Show That 'Virgin Births' Are Possible"
by Philip Yam. Scientific American, December 28, 2006.

"The Lizard Kings: Small Monitors Roam to the East of an Unseen Frontier; Mammals Roam to the West"
by Samuel S. Sweet and Eric R. Pianka. Natural History, November, 2003.;col1

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