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Lace monitor

One of Australia’s largest lizards, the carnivorous tree-dwelling lace monitor, or tree goanna, can grow to 2m in length and is found in forests and coastal tablelands across eastern Australia. These Australian animals are typically dark blue in colour with whitish spots or blotches.

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The carnivorous lace monitor feeds on other reptiles, birds, eggs and mammals. These Australian animals can often be seen foraging near campgrounds, but one thing you’re not likely to see is their most unusual breeding habit.

When breeding, the female lace monitor will dig a hole in the side of a termite hill and lay 6-12 eggs. The termites rebuild the mound over the eggs, keeping them safe and at a steady 30 degree celcius. When the young hatch, some 8-9 months later, the female lace goanna returns to dig them out.

Animal facts

Common name
Lace monitor
Scientific name
Varanus varius
Conservation status in NSW
Protected

Parks in which this animal is found

A field of grass trees. Photo: Rob Cleary