Varanus gouldii

Description

The Sand Monitor is a large Australian monitor lizard and is also known as the Gould's monitor, Sand goanna or Racehorse goanna. They are a yellowish brown, reddish brown to blackish brown in colour with yellow speckled dots and a pale-edged blackish stripe extends from the eye onto the neck. The tail has narrow yellow bands, with the last quarter remaining uniform cream or yellow. The tongue is long and forked like a snake . The average length of a Sand Monitor is 1-1.4 metres long.

Habitat

Is found in dry woodland, grassland and shrubland.

Diet

Sand Monitors are scavengers eating insects, small mammals, lizards, nestling birds and frogs.

Breeding

Mating takes place in the wet season. The female Sand Monitor lays from 8-10 eggs. The eggs are usually laid in termite mounds, the female will dig a hole and lay the eggs and then leave the termites to reseal the eggs inside the nest to keep them warm.