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A giant lizard[note 1] was a huge variety of lizard.[3][1][4]

Description[]

Giant lizards were much larger than normal lizards and monitor lizards, and as such, were about 15 ft (4.6 m) long.[3][4]

Behavior[]

These creatures did not seem to keep or hoard treasure of any type. They were very quick at traversing land, and much faster than all other types of lizards.[4] Giant lizards were good climbers, and could climb as fast as they crawled.[1] Some of these beasts could hold their breath for up to 15 minutes, as well as climb upside down on ceilings and difficult surfaces.[1]

Combat[]

Giant lizards had very large maws, making it able for them to envelop smaller foes.[4]

Sub-Species[]

  • Itzmti: a species of giant lizard that was native to Maztica. They had dull-red scales that were evocative of a dragon's and their flesh was considered a delicacy.[5]

Ecology[]

Appearing in pairs or in groups up to twelve, giant lizards preferred to lurk in swamps and marshes.[4] They were also known to be solitary, and could dwell in any warm lands.[3] However, they were sometimes domesticated by lizardfolk who used them as pack animals and a source of food.[3][1]

They were somewhat lazy at hunting, and would often attack anything that could be eaten. Giant lizards were known to be hunted upon by black dragons.[3]

Habitats[]

In northwest Faerûn, giant lizards could be found in the Stump Bog.[6] Beyond the Prime Material plane, like most mundane animals these creatures could be found in the Beastlands.[7]

Appendix[]

Notes[]

  1. In Monster Manual 3rd edition, giant lizards were classified as only being medium-sized, growing up to a maximum of 5 feet long. This is completely inconsistent with other material. In the updated Monster Manual 3.5 edition, the term "giant lizard" was correctly replaced with "monitor lizard".

Appearances[]

Adventures
Hoard of the Dragon QueenOut of the AbyssTomb of AnnihilationWaterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage
Video Games
Pool of RadianceGateway to the Savage FrontierIdle Champions of the Forgotten Realms

References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Mike Mearls, Jeremy Crawford, Christopher Perkins (2014-09-30). Monster Manual 5th edition. Edited by Scott Fitzgerald Gray. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 326. ISBN 978-0786965614.
  2. Template:Cite dungeon/221
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 David "Zeb" Cook et al. (1989). Monstrous Compendium Volume One. (TSR, Inc). ISBN 0-8803-8738-6.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 4.8 Gary Gygax (December 1977). Monster Manual, 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 61. ISBN 0-935696-00-8.
  5. Jeff Grubb and Tim Beach (September 1991). Fires of Zatal. (TSR, Inc), p. 21. ISBN 1-5607-6139-3.
  6. Ed Greenwood (December 1987). “Welcome to Waterdeep”. In Roger E. Moore ed. Dragon #128 (TSR, Inc.), p. 14.
  7. Dale Donovan (December 1995). “Liber Benevolentiae”. In Michele Carter ed. Planes of Conflict (TSR, Inc.), p. 8. ISBN 0-7869-0309-0.
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