A couple of years ago I wrote a post called Call That a Lizard? This Is a Lizard! It was about the goanna which is, indeed, a very large lizard. Australia has around 25 of the world’s species of these kind of lizards which are also known as monitors.
The biggest of these monitors, the most fearsome goanna in Australia, is the perentie, a predator that can grow up to 2.5 metres in length. Goannas are found throughout Australia (barring Tasmania), but the perentie is found only in the dry deserts of the outback from Western Australia, South Australia, Northern Territory and through to Queensland.
They are very successful hunters because, quite simply, they can run and run and run. Pretty fast too. Legendary wildlife expert Sir David Attenborough caught up with one, but I have an important message for you before I play this video.
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Right, that’s got rid of them. Here is Sir David…
Imagine finding one of those things prowling around in your back garden. That’s exactly what happened to this bloke…
Perentie sightings are rare though, they are more likely to see you before you see them and they will retreat and hide, they don’t like human contact. You certainly wouldn’t want to corner one though, their claws are strong, their bite very painful (and slightly venomous), and their tails can be used like a whip.
The perentie is a quite awesome lizard and I think we can all be grateful that they don’t like to avoid humans, can’t we?