Monitor lizards live in a wide variety of habitats, ranging from desert areas to floodplains, scrubland to forests and survived in agricultural areas. In India, presently four species of monitor lizards are present; Bengal monitor (Varanus bengalensis), Desert monitor (Varanus griseus), Yellow monitor (Varanus flavescens) and Water monitor (Varanus salvator). All the four Indian monitor lizards are listed in Schedule-I of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972. Among them single specie i. e. Bengal monitor is reported from Uttarakhand India.
Recently the print and electronic media highlighted the Varanus genital part rapidly selling the online website with the name of plant root material Hatha Jodi (Scroll. In 2017; News national geographic.com 2017; Hindustantimes.com 2017; world animal protection. org.in. 2017) similar thing we were observed in the local market of Uttarakhand. I am working in Northern Regional Centre, Zoological Survey of India, Dehradun as a Principal Investigator of DST funded project entitled relationship and delineating the taxonomic boundaries of Saurian species in Western Himalayas: Implication in Wildlife Forensic and Molecular Systematics”. Since my ongoing work based on this species, therefore, my special interest to know about this illegal fact. Therefore, initially started our field survey in three local markets of Uttarakhand and saw that a product named 'Hatha Jodi' is selling illegally on veneration shop (Fi