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Mad Aussie
09-26-2011, 05:31 AM
This Lace Monitor was close to 2 metres in length. They are also commonly called Goanna's and are seen regularly in our eucalypt forests.
Although they can deliver a nasty bite you'd have to try to handle one to get bitten. At the first sight of you they head for the nearest tree.


http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6175/6184740210_48e37e412b_o.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6159/6184739714_f189753a11_o.jpg

Iguanasan
09-26-2011, 08:12 AM
Very cool find and the look he's giving you....Boy he looks annoyed! :)

Hillbillygirl
09-26-2011, 11:07 AM
That is really cool. Love that second shot MA.

Andrew
09-26-2011, 01:23 PM
It looks like it could move pretty fast when it wants to. Nice close shot on #2. It's hard to tell the size. Next time it would help if you also climbed the tree right beside it so we could get a sense of perspective.:)

Mad Aussie
09-26-2011, 04:44 PM
Thanks IG, HBG and Andrew.

If I wanted some lacerations and an nasty infection Andrew I'd ride my bike through a barbed wire fence ;)

edG
09-26-2011, 06:34 PM
Glad I don't climb trees - very cool capture MA

Mad Aussie
09-26-2011, 06:52 PM
Glad I don't climb trees - very cool capture MA
Do you walk on the ground? Because that's where they are mostly :)

Matt K.
09-26-2011, 10:32 PM
Nice captures. 2 meter, you say? Wow, I'd stay away fer shore. I bet they are not the slowest things on the ground, either .... I am so glad you are sharing all these goodies with us, MA, cause chances are I'll never get to Australia. Mind you, seeing this stuff makes me wonder if I should go: crocks, gators, bugs, spiders, snakes and other nasty and possibly poisonous critters ... hmmm .... you find them and continue to show them to us .. works for me :thumbup:

QuietOne
09-27-2011, 01:04 AM
That first one reminds me of the Halloween decoration of the witch that flew into the tree! Cool creature.

JAS_Photo
09-27-2011, 01:34 AM
Very cool looking fellow! Glad they run away! The more wildlife stays away from man, the better it is for them. Great shots, M.A.

Mad Aussie
09-27-2011, 03:09 AM
Thanks Matt, Q1 and JAS.

They can indeed run very quickly when they want Matt, but mostly they just amble around and scurry up trees when humans get too close.

thoughton
09-27-2011, 07:07 AM
Very cool critter! A few years back I spent a week on Komodo and your goannas look nearly identical to the famous dragons. Even the size isn't much different.

I used to know a guy who had a monitor living under his bed for a few weeks. He worked for a rescue centre and it was an abandoned pet. Feeding time consisted of waving a chicken breast at the edge of the bed until the lizard zipped out and almost ripped his fingers off. Not sure I could sleep with a dinosaur under the bed :D

Mad Aussie
09-27-2011, 08:19 AM
Komodo's are monitor lizards of course, hence the similarity. I've seen Komodo's at Australia Zoo (Steve Irwin's) and they can grow a fair bit bigger than our lizards.
The one in my picture may have been a shade under the 2m mark (I didn't grab a tape measure and measure him :) ) and they are rarely seen larger than that I think.
We do have the Perentie Lizard too though which I think is bigger again.

thoughton
09-27-2011, 01:47 PM
I couldn't resist looking it up :) You're right of course, while the kimonos are only a little longer (3m vs 2.5m) than your Perentie they are much fatter and heavier, 4x the weight.

Edit: stupid auto spell check. Komodos, not kimonos :headslap:

Wicked Dark
09-27-2011, 03:29 PM
what a fantastic creature. North America is not famous for its lizards, unfortunately. How great that you got one up a tree.

Mad Aussie
09-27-2011, 05:34 PM
Thanks for confirming that I'm brilliant Thoughton ;)

WD ... I'd like to say that I'm some sort of lizard whisperer or that I tracked these creatures for days to finally get one up a tree, but in reality most Aussies who have picnicked or hiked in the bush have seen these monitors climb trees. It's what they do when frightened.

Wicked Dark
09-27-2011, 05:51 PM
like squirrels. but with bigger tails. porkies do it, too.

Mad Aussie
09-27-2011, 06:03 PM
What the hell is a porkies?

Wicked Dark
09-27-2011, 06:30 PM
a porcupine of course! they love trees, but do not google that unless you want thousands of pictures of that stupid band.
http://www.hickerphoto.com/data/media/40/cute-porcupine_18865.jpg

Bambi
09-27-2011, 07:50 PM
neat find. he looks like he's trying to blend in to the bark.

Mad Aussie
09-28-2011, 03:06 AM
Ah ... of course ... porcupines. Not having them here didn't make 'porkies' immediate;y apparent ... in fact ... pigs come to mind first.

Thanks Bambi ... They do blend in quite well at times.