S4: Adult, Head
S7: Young, Profile
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Reptiles (Reptilia)|
|Order:||Scaled Reptiles (Squamata)|
|Family:||Goanna (Varanidae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Sand Goanna (Varanus gouldii)|
|This Photo:||🔍S4: Adult, Tongue🔎|
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.
We have now photographed 7 specimens, and seen a lot more! 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; and one got some close up shots.