Zookeeper Reveals Giant Monitor Lizard's Insane Appetite As It Devours Prey

Zookeepers have admitted their giant monitor lizards "eat better than they do" after serving them up steak and crab.

A worker at The Reptile Zoo, in California, shared a clip of one of their popular feeding videos to TikTok, featuring Frank Jr.

The viral clip, which has been watched more than 24 million times, shows the reptile making gobbling up a sumptuous platter.

The zookeeper lays down a board piled high with a whole fish, another chunk of flesh which resembles a fish head, a slice of raw meat, a river shrimp, two crabs, a chicken leg and some squid.

"So we're going to do another one of our feeding videos, and this guy knows it's happening," she says as Frank Jr eagerly goes for the first bite.

He nearly gets more than he bargained for, as the zookeeper has to quickly yank her hand out the way, saying: "My finger was on the first one"

Frank Jr starts off with the crab, swallowing it whole, as the zookeeper says: "You see that slide down, it went right down."

She explains why the lizards don't chew their food, saying: "So these guys are scavengers, so he'll go for that one and before it's even swallowed, you can still see it down here, he'll start going for other stuff as well. Because in the wild they don't know when their next meal is going to come from, so they're like I've got to get it all in as much as I can as fast as I can."

After wolfing down the restaurant-worthy selection, the zookeeper added: "He was built to destroy buffets."

And for anyone who thinks the lizard looks familiar, you may recognise a family resemblance if you watched Disney's Jessie.

The zookeeper says: "This is Frank Jr, so this is Mr Kipling's nephew."

Mr Kipling was the "7ft, 70lb Water Monitor Lizard" which starred in the Disney Channel show, which ran from 2011 - 2015.

Mr Kipling, who was later discovered to be Mrs Kipling, belonged to Ravi, played by Karan Brar, with the zookeeper admitting the show made "the monitor lizard iconic for most."

The zoo's website, which houses venomous snakes, crocodilians and spiders, describes Frank as everyone's "favorite celebrity lizard."

Numerous fans of the show commented on the clip, which was captioned "This lizard eats better than me."

Love Urself Bish commented: "I knew why he has Jessie vibes."

Felix der Tju thought: "Bro eatin betta than most humans [sic]."

While TikToker Tadeh1337 wrote: "They don't chew huh? They're like snakes."

And Merujhan1062917 added: "Nobody's going to talk about how he ate a whole fish and just swallowed it."

Man holding monitor lizard
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