S3, Young, Front
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Chordates (Chordata) - Reptiles (Reptilia)|
|Order:||Scaled Reptiles (Squamata)|
|Family:||Goanna (Varanidae) iNaturalist Observation|
|Species:||Sand Goanna (Varanus gouldii)|
|This Photo:||S2, Large Mature Adult|
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.