What do they look like? Lace Monitors are a very large species of lizard growing up to 2 meters in length. They have large powerful limbs equipped with curved claws to help climb trees. They possess very sharp recurved teeth (teeth that curve back towards the animal) used for tearing apart their prey. They have a long muscular tail used for defence.
Where do they live? Lace monitors or “Goannas” are found along the east coast of Australia from Cairns to as far south as Melbourne. They are common in forested areas and open woodlands and can also be found to inhabit coastal islands.
What do they eat? Like most reptiles Lace Monitors are considered to be opportunistic predators. They feed upon anything from mice, frogs and hatchling birds. Although they are cunning predators they also enjoy an easy meal of carrion. They are often found scavenging in camping grounds looking for scraps.
Behaviour: Lace Monitors are arboreal lizards which are generally solitary. As they are diurnal they spend most of their time during the day looking for food and rest in hollow logs on the ground or tree hollows during the night. During hot weather they have been known to feed during the night as well.
Reproduction: Mating for this species occurs in late spring with females laying 2-12 eggs a few months later. Active termite mounds are often a good place for a female to deposit her eggs.
Threats: Lace Monitors have very few predators as juveniles and not as adults. Unfortunately the introduction and subsequent spreading of Cane Toad populations in Australia poses a threat to these animals. Deforestation is also reducing populations.
Conservation Status: Common.