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Lace Monitor

Varanus varius

Tree lovers

Despite their size, lace monitors are great at climbing trees, and as a result, are commonly known as ‘tree goannas’.
Lace monitors rely on tree hollows for shelter, although logs and burrows may also be used. If alarmed, they are likely to run up the nearest tree using their large powerful claws.

Termite mound incubators

Female lace monitors dig through the walls of termite mounds to lay their eggs. Termites proceed to repair the holes created by the lizards, enclosing the eggs and providing a safe nesting site. After an incubation period between two and ten months, the female returns and releases her hatchlings.

What’s on the menu?

Lace monitors are carnivores and will eat birds, mammals, lizards, eggs and insects. These large lizards will even scavenge around picnic areas and camping grounds to find any leftovers from humans.

Large monitors are considered to have high intelligence; almost as high as that of mammals.

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