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Lace Monitor

Lace monitor lizards are a species of large monitor lizards found in Australia. They are terrestrial as well as arboreal. The species is the second largest monitor lizard in Australia.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Family Varanidae
    Genus Varanus
    Subgenus Varanus
    Scientific Name Varanus varius

    Other Names Lace Goanna
    Length Around 2.1m
    Weight Up to 20 kg
    Color Comes in two forms: Mostly dark gray to subdued bluish-black with plenty, scattered cream spots; snout consists of marked black and yellow bands stretching to under the chin and neck; narrow cream and black bands on the tail getting wider towards the end

    In another form, the body and tail consists of broad black and yellow bands

    Distribution Eastern and southeastern Australia,  south-eastern South Australia
    Habitat Open and closed forests
    Diet Insects, reptiles, birds, birds’ eggs, small mammals, carrion
    Hibernation Fact Hibernates during colder months
    Predators Dingoes, birds of prey
    Venom Fact Produces mild venom
    Breeding Season Spring
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 4 to 14 eggs
    Incubation Period 8 to 9 months
    Reproductive Age 4 to 5 years of age
    IUCN Conservation Status Not Listed

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    Published on October 18th 2016 by under Lizards. Article was last reviewed on 4th June 2019.

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