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Varanus varius


Varanus varius
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Copyright: Grant Clonan (revparched) (32)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-03-05
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ7
Exposure: f/4.9, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-03-12 4:13
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This Lace Monitor or Goanna was taken in the Sundown National Park in traprock country in the Granite Belt of Queensland. We saw 4 of these goannas up to 1.8 metres long while in the park including one which decided to turn our camp upside down looking for any tasty morsels.

Description
Lace Monitors or Goannas are one of Australia's largest lizards. They have strong claws and powerful legs. They are dark grey to black in colour with cream or yellow scales forming bands and blotches. There are usually black bars across the snout, throat and chin. The tongue is long and forked like a snake . Monitors are the only lizards that have a forked tongue.

Other Names
Goanna

Size
The head and body length grows to about 55cm long with tail about 140cm long.

Habitat
Much of its time is spent up fairly large trees. It forages on the ground but will climb a tree when disturbed. It is found in forests, tall woodlands and open tablelands and slopes.

Food
Goannas are predators and scavengers eating insects, small mammals, lizards, nestling birds, eggs and carrion. It is common for several monitors to feed from the same carcass. After a large feed they are able to go for many weeks without feeding again.

Breeding
Mating takes place in Spring and Summer. The female Lace Monitor lays from 6-12 eggs. These are usually laid in termite mounds, particularly those found in trees. The female digs a hole on the side of the termite mound, lays the eggs and then leaves the termites to reseal the eggs inside the nest. She sometimes returns to the nest and opens it up with her strong claws to allow the baby monitors to escape.

Range
The Lace Monitor / Goanna is found in eastern and SE Australia from Cape York Peninsula in Queensland to SE South Australia



Classification
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata (Sauria)
Family: Varanidae
Genus: Varanus
Species: varius
Common Name: Lace Monitor / Goanna

References
http://www.ozanimals.com


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