Big Goanna (giant lizard) as a guard dog

in nature •  7 months ago


One of the amazing things about living in a subtropical rainforest in Australia is the wildlife.

Australia has a very large lizard called the Goanna. For those in America, I guess it’s got similarities to the iguana, but actually more closely related to the Komodo Dragon.

Goannas are a type of monitor lizard and can grow in size over 2.5m (8.2ft).
The one I photographed here in my backyard is about 1.8m long.
He hissed a warning at me several times.

Goanna are hunting carnivores known to eat venomous snakes, amongst other things, including sheep, as many farmers have complained over the years.

There’s a debate going on now about whether goannas, like some of their monitor lizard cousins, like the Komodo dragon, have venom sacks in their mouths because of the incessant bleeding caused by their bite.

Anyway, I like having this big fella nearby. She’ll/He’ll keep the deadly snake population down, which will keep my house safe.
Therefore, this lizard is like a guard dog against venomous snakes.

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It's a fascinating animal.

It's a bit like us putting up with spiders to keep the flies down :) A different scale though. Hope you guys can get along

That's no lizard... that's a bloody dragon! ;-) Only it doesn't breathe fire, it spits venom. You've found yourself a great guard-dragon there! I don't know if you ever saw this, but the best description of Australia's weird wildlife i've heard was was the one by Douglas Adams:

Also he explains about the poisonous saliva from Komodo Dragons, and he's just funny in general :-)

Thanks for sharing the adventures from the Purple Castle my friend! :-)

Every animal plays a role to keep balance. I am happy to see this little guy/girl taking its part in that in which keeps your family a little more safe :)