I spy…baby goannas in Shelbourne!
Posted on 16 January, 2020 by Asha
Can you see the young Tree Goanna (Varunus varius, aka Lace Monitor) in the photo below?
Many thanks to Newton Hunt for sending through these observations from his property in Shelbourne, Victoria. Newton said the one pictured is about 0.6 m long, but two larger goannas of 1.2 m and 1.5 m also visit the property regularly.
An interesting fact from the Bush Heritage website about Tree Goannas is that they ‘will dig holes into the side of termite mounds to lay their eggs. This is clever as the termites then rebuild the nest around the eggs, keeping them safe and at a constant temperature. When the young hatch the mothers return to help dig them out.’
Newton also sent us these two photos of Wedge-tailed Eagle chicks he watched being reared in 2019: