6 modern reptiles that look like dinosaurs

These dino-like creatures will make you think you’ve taken a trip to 'Jurassic World.'

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Monitor Lizard (Varanus griseus) in the desert. Monitor Lizard (Varanus griseus) in the desert. (Photo: Edmon / Shutterstock)

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The regal Desert Monitor (Varanus griseus)

Want to convince someone that dinosaurs are alive and well? Show them a picture of a desert monitor. With its inquisitive eyes, streamlined body, and scaly, colorful skin, it's easy to imagine these reptiles at home in "Jurassic World" as they are in Israel and other subtropical regions. While not the behemoths of their ancestors, desert monitors can still reach lengths of over 6 feet. Preferred meals include mice, fish, birds, eggs and, if the opportunity presents itself, even other lizards.

And a last word of warning: do not get on their bad side. Desert monitors have been known to run up to 20 mph for short periods of time.

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