Varanus varius

Description

Lace Monitors/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.

Size

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

Food

Lace Monitors/Goannas are predators and scavengers eating insects, small mammals, lizards, nestling birds, eggs and carrion.

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.

Distribution

Oakvale Distribution Maps png Lace Monitor

Breeding

Mating takes place in Spring and Summer. The female Lace Monitor/Goanna 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.