Latin Name: Varanus varius

Locailty: Eastern Australia and range from Cape Bedford on Cape York Peninsula to south-eastern South Australia.

There are thirty species of monitor lizards in the world and twenty five of those are found in Australia. The monitor lizards found in Australia are known as goannas. They are now close to being endangered. The name ‘goanna’ is derived from the word ‘iguana.’ The early settlers called the monitor lizards ‘iguanas’ when first arriving in Australia. The word ‘iguana’ eventually became corrupted into the word ‘goanna.’

Fact: Lace monitors are the second-largest monitor in Australia. Second to the perentie

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