IN the area of Karakepru in the province of Shanliurf, a local resident found a varan in the yard of his house and reported to the municipal services. When experts of the national Park arrived to that place, they determined that the found animal was a desert varan, the species of which is threatened with extinction.The species of rare reptile was taken to the rehabilitation center of the Department of nature protection. After checking the health of this rare varan, it will be released into the natural habitat. The gray or desert varan – a large reptile of the genus varans. The species is common in North Africa, the Anterior and Central Asia. It is extremely rare on the territory of Turkey. This kind of varans is listed as endangered in the Red Book.