This big fat fella was found in Lane Cove National Park, the same weekend as the waterdragon I posted a while ago.
I was seriously lost and trapsing through what I hoped was the correct way to the park (I was expecting more of a grassy oval style park, not a giant forest with a river).
I almost walked right onto this behemoth. He hardly moved as I approached. I almost thought it might be dead. Instead, by the look of the bulging stomach, I think he may have just eaten something. Maybe a kitten?
Goannas, aren’t confrontational with humans, but they do have sharp claws, rasping teeth, and venom – and can mistake people for trees when spooked, and don’t react well when said *tree* starts flailing wildly and screaming.
I’d assume this is a standard lace monitor (Varanus varius) unless anyone can convince me otherwise.