Perentie

Taxonomy

TAXONOMY
Family Varanidae goannas

forked tongue, Jacobson's organs to analyse the sensations experienced by the forked tongue, long slender neck, flattened head, strong tail, powerful legs with 5 clawed toes, numerous sharp curved backward-pointing teeth

Genus Varanus goannas
Species giganteus Perentie

CHARACTERISTICS
Appearance
  • up to 2.5m (8 ft) in length; second largest lizard in the world
Distribution
  • occurs in desert regions from western Queensland to coastal WA;
    rocky outcrops, shelter in large burrows
Habits
  • ground dweller but will climb a tree is disturbed;
    forages widely
Prey
  • insects, birds, other reptiles, mammals, carrion;
    track by sight or by sensing prey with their tongue;
    forage actively and also 'sit and wait' for larger prey like rabbits
Reproduction lay eggs

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