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Varanus rosenbergi

2 Heath or Rosenberg's Monitor at Michelago, NSW

Varanus rosenbergi at Michelago, NSW - 31 Jan 2023
Varanus rosenbergi at Michelago, NSW - 31 Jan 2023
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Identification history

Varanus rosenbergi 1 Feb 2023 wombey
Varanus rosenbergi 1 Feb 2023 MichaelMulvaney
Unidentified 31 Jan 2023 Nockels

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   1 Feb 2023
Thanks for this sighting - is the location correct? - The Goanna's of this area are subject to ongoing research and any record is of interest. Close-up photos of both sides of the head enable individual Goannas to be identified and give valuable information about movement and life span. Thanks again for contributing to the information on this species.
Nockels wrote:
   2 Feb 2023
Michael - the location is correct, in future I will try for close up photos for either side of the head. Is this the best place to leave photos/sightings? My neighbours have also spotted numerous Rosenberg Goannas and I will share your post.
   2 Feb 2023
Thanks Alex much appreciated - yes this is the place for the photos
   2 Feb 2023
Sorry Nockels, the location is showing inside Namadgi National Park (look at the map in this record). Unless you pulled off the most massive swiftie, you dont have pavers (and a house?) inside the national park, way up on the Clear Range where it would be obvious to all.
Nockels wrote:
   2 Feb 2023
Well spotted. Location is Lawler Rd Michelago NSW, on the other side of the river, I didn't zoom in so the map looked OK. Clearly the GPS is out a little bit.
   2 Feb 2023
Many thanks Nockels for the correct location. I only just realised that the black thing in your second photo is a dog (well the snout of a dog anyway). I'm interested in the lack of fight or flight response by the goanna. Is that a fair comment? And could I use your photo please for talks or reports etc.?
Nockels wrote:
   2 Feb 2023
DonFletcher - happy for you to show the photo (with Dexter's snout!). You are correct, despite large amounts of barking and circling by the dog (Dexter - a male kelpie cross) of the goanna simply stood still. The barking alerted me and when I arrived on scene the goanna simply stood still as I walked around it also. When I removed the dog the goanna walked away quite slowly, completely undeterred.

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Location information

Species information

  • Varanus rosenbergi Scientific name
  • Heath or Rosenberg's Monitor Common name
  • Sensitive
  • Very Rare / Threatened
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 - 3 Abundance
  • 31 Jan 2023 06:39 PM Recorded on
  • Nockels Recorded by

Additional information

  • Alive / healthy Animal health

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  • Confirmed by an expert moderator
  • Nearby sighting(s) of same species
  • GPS evidence of location
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