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