Lizards

of South East Queensland

Lizards

of South East Queensland

Sand Monitor

Sand MonitorVaranus gouldii
Other common names: Sand Goanna

General description: Tail is laterally compressed with regular rings. Grey streaks on throat forming a ‘V’ shape, pale-edged dark stripe extending from the eye and a cream to yellow patternless tail-tip. Brown to reddish brown in colour with pale yellow speckling which tends to cluster into tight transversely arranged dark-centered spots.

Average length: 1.5m.

Habitat in SE Qld: Ground dwelling species occurring in sclerophyll forests and arid environments, sheltering in burrows, hollow logs and dense leaf litter.

Diet: Carnivorous unselectively feeding upon small vertebrates, insects and carrion.

Local Distribution: Recent captures and sightings close to Brisbane include western suburbs such as Anstead, Mt Crosby and Pine Mountain at Ipswich. Relatively widespread west of Ipswich.

 

 

Photo Gallery

The content on this page is intended only to provide a summary and general overview . It is not intended to be comprehensive nor does it constitute to be exact in every circumstances. We attempt to ensure that the Content is current but we do not guarantee its currency