Sculpture of lizards in Amsterdam


This video from National Geographic says about itself: ‘For the [Nile] monitor lizard [in Africa] it’s no easy task snatching crocodile eggs. Especially not when you’re up against mama croc and her feathered friends, dikkop birds.’

Since 1994, there is a sculpture of forty big lizards close to the Leidseplein, in the city center of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

The name of the sculpture is Blauw Jan. The sculptor is Hans van Houwelingen.

The name refers to the 17th century pub owner Blaauw Jan Westerhof, who used to have a little private zoo then here. See also here.

This site refers to the lizards as all iguanas. However, some of the lizard sculptures look lize iguanas, some look like monitors.

See also here.

Yellow-spotted goannas endangered in northern Australia: here.

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