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Megalania Muruspede is among the largest creatures found throughout the island's complicated cave networks. Reaching up to three meters long, it can traverse up the cave walls with little difficulty, using its claws as iron-strength grips. Fortunately, Megalania's size means it is unlikely to sneak up on anyone. Unfortunately for spelunkers, it is a dangerous and aggressive creature nonetheless.
Like other Varanidae, Megalania is a venomous creature. Its poison is slow-acting, but will drain the victim's strength and health until death unless cured by a rare antidote. That said, the Megalania's prey are usually ripped apart well before they succumb to the poison's long-term effects.
The extremely rare ability of Megalania to effortlessly climb walls makes it a highly sought after mount. While it is by no means the fastest, strongest, or toughest mount -- the way it can effortlessly climb in the caves and scale mountains means it will always have place in any advanced tribe's stables!
— The Dossier
The Megalania is a medium sized carnivorous reptile found on the Ark.
The Megalania is a huge lizard resembling a Komodo Dragon. It has stocky, low-lying build with a powerful tail and a toothy maw, drooling with poison. Despite its size, it is capable of climbing walls like a gecko to sneak up on prey and traverse difficult terrain - a useful adaptation for a massive cave-dweller like it.
- The dossier was revealed on December 7, 2015.
- The original release of the dossier had diet and temperament switched, resulting in an aggressive diet and a carnivorous temperament. This has since been fixed.
Trivia not relevant for the game
- Megalania is actually no longer a valid genus. The real-life animal is currently known as Varanus priscus after it was concluded Megalania is related to modern day monitor lizards, which belong to the genus Varanus. Despite this, the name "Megalania" is still used to describe the animal as a common name.
- The real-world Megalania was 7 meters long. This is larger than what the dossier states (3 meters) but smaller than the actual in-game animal (9 meters).