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LACE MONITOR
Varanus varius

Lace Monitor Karawatha
This Lace Monitor Varanus varius was hanging around a picnic area at Karawatha Forest Park near Brisbane in South East Qld - Note that Lace Monitors and some other large monitor species often hang around picnic areas. It is dangerous to feed them. If someone reports a problem monitor to the authorities it is likely to be relocated. Note that large sharp bones like T-bones can cause serious injury to goannas as they try to swallow them, and should not be left where a monitor might find them.

LACE MONITOR Varanus varius THE REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA map
Approximate distribution of the Lace Monitor Varanus varius

Lace Monitor Varanus varius
This large Lace Monitor Varanus varius was photographed at Featherdale Wildlife Park NSW
Notice the banding on the head which is often seen on this species

LACE MONITOR Varanus varius THE REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA
Hatchling Lace Monitors Varanus varius are normally brightly coloured but usually the brightness fades fast and the pattern changes over time




LACE MONITOR Varanus varius THE REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA

LACE MONITOR Varanus varius THE REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA
The Lace Monitor Varanus varius in the 2 photos above was photographed at Bongil Bongil National Park, NSW - it was about 1 meter long (3ft) seen crossing the road, it allowed us to approach it to take these photos.

LACE MONITOR Varanus varius THE REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA
The Lace Monitor Varanus varius we saw in this tree was photographed at Bongil Bongil National Park, NSW. It was about 1 meter long (3ft)

LACE MONITOR Varanus varius THE REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA

The Lace Monitor Varanus varius in the photo above was seen crossing the road at Bongil Bongil National Park, NSW. and it ran up this tree as soon as we stopped the car to avoid running it over. It was approximately 4 ft long (1.25 meters).


LACE MONITOR Varanus varius THE REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA
This hatchling Lace Monitor Varanus varius was given to the late George Cann (Jr.) as an egg found by a member of the public.
(It was not known what species was in the egg till it hatched)

Lace Monitor Varanus varius
This half grown Lace Monitor Varanus varius was photographed at Venman Bushland National Park Qld.
Notice the very long tail!

LACE MONITOR Varanus varius THE REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA The late Joe Bredl with a Lace monitor at the Renmark Reptile Park and Zoo (which closed in 2012)
The late Joe Bredl with a Lace Monitor Varanus varius at the Renmark Reptile Park and Zoo (which closed in 2012)

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LACE MONITOR Varanus varius THE REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA
The Lace Monitor Varanus varius above was photographed near Hill End, NSW
This common form above may be confused with the Heath Monitor Varanus rosenbergi
The Lace Monitor Varanus varius often has a" barred" pattern on its nose and throat and broad bands on its tail.

Lace Monitor Varanus varius sign
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The following pictures are of the "Bell's" or banded phase of the lace monitor.
The bells phase lace monitors tend to be much more commonly encountered on the west side of the great dividing range.
This form occurs alongside "normal" patterned lace monitors and will occur in the same clutch as normal lace monitors.

Lace Monitor Varanus varius

Lace Monitor Varanus varius
The 2 photos above are of a captive "Bell's" or banded phase of Lace Monitor Varanus varius


LACE MONITOR Varanus varius THE REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA
"Bell's" or banded phase of Lace Monitor Varanus varius


LACE MONITOR Varanus varius THE REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA
"Bell's" or banded phase of Lace Monitor Varanus varius

LINKS OF INTEREST

Monitors of the World
by John Fowler

Australian Monitor Lizards
by John Fowler

Wild Recon: Lace Monitor Venom
Animal Planet
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Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia 7th Edition.jpg A Complete Guide to Reptiles of Australia 5th edition Edition

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