THE REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA

AUSTRALIAN REPTILE PHOTOS, DISTRIBUTION MAPS AND INFORMATION
This site covers Snakes and Lizards, Crocodiles and Turtles, including Colubrid snakes, Pythons, Elapids (called Cobras or Coral Snakes in some countries), Sea Snakes, File Snakes, Blind (or Worm) Snakes, Sea Turtles, Freshwater Turtles (or Tortoises) Dragon Lizards (Agamas), Gecko's, Legless Lizards, Monitor Lizards (often called Goanna's in Australia), Skinks and Crocodilia.

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LACE MONITOR
Varanus varius

Lace Monitor Karawatha
This Lace Monitor 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
Hatchlings are normally brightly coloured but usually the brightness fades fast and the pattern changes over time

LACE MONITOR Varanus varius THE REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA map


LACE MONITOR Varanus varius THE REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA

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

LACE MONITOR Varanus varius THE REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA  Snake Lizard other reptile or related image being displayed at the Reptilesof Australia website. Copyright laws may cover the use of this picture.


This common form above may be confused with the Heath Monitor Varanus rosenbergi
The Lace Monitor often has a" barred" pattern on its nose and throat and broad bands on its tail.

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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.


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

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

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