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Monitor/GeckoVaranus rosenbergi  

Rosenberg's Monitor at Mount Ainslie

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Varanus rosenbergi at Mount Ainslie - 3 Nov 2018
Varanus rosenbergi at Mount Ainslie - 3 Nov 2018

Identification history

Monitor/Gecko Varanus rosenbergi 3 Nov 2018 GeoffRobertson233
Monitor/Gecko Varanus rosenbergi 3 Nov 2018 MatthewFrawley913
Unidentified 3 Nov 2018 WalterEgo245

Significant sighting

MichaelMulvaney1.2K noted:
4 Nov 2018

This goanna is vulnerable in NSW and really appreciate any ACT sightings

Author's notes

Maybe a bit ambitious asking for an ID? Was quite a large lizard...


   4 Nov 2018
Hi Walter Ego
This is not too far from where Matthew Higgins has observed goannas 'Rex' and 'Rosie' breeding. Because the goanna is only partly inside, this burrow might be an emergency bolt hole rather than one of their main residences, but it could still be worth our while taking a better look at the exact location of your sighting. My email is if there is any further information about the location or the animal that you would care to share. We can identify Rex and Rosie and other goannas from photos of their faces. cheers
WalterEgo245 wrote:
   4 Nov 2018
Thanks, Don. Glad I submitted the pic! Happy to return to the scene to try and get a pic showing the bolt hole in more context if that would be useful?
   5 Nov 2018
Yes it would Walter! Many thanks. We need to move promptly to have best chance of seeing your animal in a nearby burrow. (I will bring a small endoscope for looking into burrows.) Matthew and I can be at the top of Fisher St at 3.30 pm today. Can you be there in the area any time this afternoon?
   5 Nov 2018
My phone 0428489990 and email

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Location information

Species information

  • Sensitive
  • Very Rare / Threatened
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 Abundance
  • 3 Nov 2018 4:23 PM Recorded on
  • WalterEgo Recorded by
  • Website Reported via
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