We had a visit from a racehorse goanna this morning
By Judy Evans
November 30, 2015 9:11pm CST
While commenting and responding this morning, a movement out the window caught my eye and there was a young racehorse goanna coming towards the house. Luckily Vince mostly has his camera sitting on the desk and was able to snap this shot. Other names for these are Gould's monitor, sand monitor, bungarra or sand goanna (Varanus gouldii). I've always known it as a racehorse goanna because it is very fast. Sure enough, when Vince went out to try to get a better photo it was nowhere to be seen. You can see it has powerful claws and often takes over rabbit burrows, enlarging them for its own purposes. They are NOT dangerous so I don't want any comments about people not wanting to come to Australia. Having said that, I've heard of them climbing up a person to get away from dogs if there are no trees around. You might be able to see his tongue. It is forked. Outside scents are picked up on each side of the fork and swept over 'Jacobson's organ' which helps the creature identify the nature of the scent. Isn't he beautifully marked?
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1 Dec 15
Your picture did not show up. I have to admit, when I read your title, I had to go find out what you were talking about. I thought I remembered goannas being a lizard. I do not mind lizards and wikipedia makes him sound pretty good to have around.