MICHAEL MCCOY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY MICHAEL MCCOY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Lace Monitor Lizard (Varanus varius). This is one of Australia's largest monitor lizards, growing to over 2 metres total length. In Australia these lizards are called goannas. The Lace Monitor occurs through eastern and south-eastern Australia. It lives in rainforests, open forests and woodlands and is largely arboreal, though it also forages on the ground and will enter suburban backyards. The animal in this photograph was in a suburban backyard. It feeds on insects, frogs, reptiles, mammals and birds. It is a major predator of fledgling birds. It also feeds on carrion. It often uses arboreal termite nests to lay its eggs; the termites repair the hole dug by the female lizard and the young lizards dig their way out of the nest after hatching. Kuranda, North Queensland, Australia.
Model release not required. Property release not required.