Sand Goanna
S7, Young, Head in profile
Sand Goanna
S7, Female, Mated with S8
Sand Goanna (Varanus gouldii)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Reptiles (Reptilia)
Order: Scaled Reptiles (Squamata)
Family: Goanna (Varanidae)     iNaturalist Observation
Species: Sand Goanna (Varanus gouldii)
This Photo:     🔍S7, Young, Head, dorsally🔎

Thank you Ralph Foster, Max Tibby, Ernst Weiher & Richard D Reams for confirming the id of this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
More colourful when younger, turning more grey as they age.
Sometimes when walking around Ellura we'll hear a thumping near by, to turn and see the back of one lifting dust as it disappears - no chance of a photograph

Recently (Summer 2020/21) we have had a "resident" around the campsite. It's young, ~400mm long (SVL-not including the tail), and seems quite placid. Happy to sit there (but forever watching) as we moved about; got some close up shots. She's labelled S7. We saw a pair mating, 9th Nov 2021, and we think she is also S7 (mating with S8). S8 had the tip of his tail missing and an injured eye.
We have now photographed 8 specimens, and seen a lot more! In Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec, Feb & Mar.

Copyright © 2020-2024 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 18-Dec-2020
This species is classed as LC (Least Concern) in the Murray Mallee, SA, by DENR (Regional Species Status Assessments, July 2010)