Lace Monitor/Goanna

Lace Monitor/Goanna


Australian monitor lizards, or goannas as they’re commonly known, belong to an ancient lineage that evolved in the northern hemisphere during the Cretaceous period – about 90 million years ago!
Lace Monitors have greyish skin on the top with cream underneath. They have a pattern of darker Green Stipes, with cream coloured spots. Sometimes they also have yellow bands across the body too. Adult lace monitors can grow up to between 2.5mtrs long.

The tongue is forked like they have a forked tongue and their toes have long claws for holding prey and climbing. Climbing. They can weigh up to 20ks.  they weigh 20kg.

Lace monitors are carnivores that include a diet of insects, small mammals and birds and their eggs.

They can gorge themselves when feeding on a large kill and then not need food for the next few weeks.

Threats to Australian monitors include habitat loss due to land clearing for agriculture and urban space.
The spread of Cane Toads has caused declines in many areas, most recently the Kimberly.

Habitat degradation and removal of termite mounds and other habitat features such as fallen timber have a significant impact on some goanna species. Invasive mammals and generalist predators such as foxes and cats may also prey on young monitors.



Medium Puppet 95cm

Large Puppet 140cm

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General information about our animals

All our Puppets and toys are hand made from materials made in an environmentally sustainable.
All runoff from dyes used is contained and disposed of in an ecologically safe way.   All materials are fire-resistant and have been tested under a flame.

All patterns are drawn by hand first and then shaped into the three-dimensional shape that is meticulously worked with by producing many samples until the spirit of the animal is revealed and comes to life when it is used. (by the puppeteer!)
We deliberately use old methods of cutting the material by a small hand machine then sewn by hand and on machines both in Nanjing and In Melbourne.
This is achieved by a small group of women.

( see our History to see the development of Secret Gully puppets and Endangered Animals Australia)



 Whilst we are not perfect yet…

All our animals can be cared for with ease to break the cycle of buy and throw-away world of consumerism

We believe that children can and must learn to take care of their material world.

Learning to care for our animals will encourage them to take care of their surroundings at home and in the wider world.

All our animals can be:

  • Washed by hand or gentle machine wash…( in cold water only)
  • Successfully Brushed and combed to bring them back to life…
  • Repaired with a simple needle and cotton.

Additional information


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