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Australian Goannas



Goannas

Black-headed Monitor
(Varanus tristis)
Black-headed Monitor
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Emerald Tree Monitor
(Varanus prasinus)
Emerald Tree Monitor
The Emerald Tree Monitor is a small to medium sized arboreal monitor lizard. The body colour is many shades of green to turquoise, with darker bands across the body. The tail is prehensile tail to help it live in trees. It uses its long forked... Click to continue>
Gould's Monitor
(Varanus gouldii)
Gould's Monitor
Gould's Monitor varies considerably in colour and pattern. The back varies from brown to greenish-grey to almost black, with scattered flecks and spots of lighter colours. These spots are arranged in irregular bands. Sometimes it has light cream or... Click to continue>
Heath Monitor
(Varanus rosenbergii)
Heath Monitor
The Heath Monitor is similar to the Lace Monitor but usually darker with less distinct pattern and usually has plain dark tail tip (as opposed to banded like Lace Monitor). Young ones have orange and grey pattern on head and body. Click to continue>
Kimberley Rock Monitor
(Varanus glauerti)
Kimberley Rock Monitor
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Lace Monitor / Goanna
(Varanus varius)
Lace Monitor / Goanna
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,... Click to continue>
Mangrove Monitor
(Varanus indicus)
Mangrove Monitor
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Mertens' Water Monitor
(Varanus mertensi)
Mertens' Water Monitor
Mertens' Water Monitor is found in It is an aquatic lizard that basks on rocks and branches near water. It drops into water when disturbed and can stay underwater for long periods. Click to continue>
Perentie
(Varanus giganteus)
Perentie
The Perentie is the largest lizard in Australia. It has a long neck and a stout, robust body with long, tapering tail. It is yellow or cream with brown rosettes edged in dark brown on the back. The legs are dark with white spots. The head and neck... Click to continue>
Pygmy Mulga Monitor
(Varanus gilleni)
Pygmy Mulga Monitor
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Pygmy Rock Monitor
(Varanus kingorum)
Pygmy Rock Monitor
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Ridge-tailed Monitor
(Varanus acanthurus)
Ridge-tailed Monitor
The Ridge-tailed Monitor is an attractively marked lizard with light brown ocelli markings (round spots with a darker centre) on the upper side. The head is patterned with dark brown and cream stripes. The tail has rows of rigid sharp spines forming... Click to continue>
Spencer's Monitor
(Varanus spenceri)
Spencer's Monitor
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Spotted Tree Monitor
(Varanus timorensis)
Spotted Tree Monitor
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Storr's Monitor
(Varanus storri)
Storr's Monitor
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Stripe-tailed Monitor
(Varanus caudolineatus)
Stripe-tailed Monitor
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Yellow Spotted Monitor
(Varanus panoptes)
Yellow Spotted Monitor
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