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.