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Varanus varius

2 Lace Monitor at Tallong, NSW

Varanus varius at Tallong, NSW - 5 Apr 2022
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Varanus varius 5 Apr 2022 DonFletcher
Varanus rosenbergi 5 Apr 2022 GlossyGal

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Heard bashing through the bush after an anxious kookaburra warning

4 comments

   5 Apr 2022
Hi Glossy Gal, Thanks for posting this sighting. Actually this is a Tree Goanna, Varanus varius, aka 'Lace Monitor'. It has broad, bold, dark and light stripes on the lips and below the jaw where Rosenbergs has fine markings. Likewise the outer half of the tail would be broad banded if you have any more photos showing the tail. Well spotted
GlossyGal wrote:
   6 Apr 2022
Thank you for your comprehensive post. Sorry I don't have a tail shot...I'm a birder! I'll get one next time. I only saw it because I was standing very still watching glossy blacks. It didn't see me until I reached for my camera.
   6 Apr 2022
They know and like birds too, in their way.
If it is calmly watching you to begin with, you can usually get as close as you want, even within touching distance, by patiently following 'stalking' behaviours (move diagonally, don't face or approach directly, move slowly, get low, pause occasionally).
GlossyGal wrote:
   6 Apr 2022
Wow!! I'll keep that in mind if I ever get the opportunity again.

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  • Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

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  • 1 Abundance
  • 5 Apr 2022 11:04 AM Recorded on
  • GlossyGal Recorded by

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