Animal Pictures Archive mobile
Query: monitorResult: 18th of 412
Sand Goanna (Varanus gouldii) - Wiki
Subject: Sand Goanna (Varanus gouldii) - Wiki
Sand monitor on Brampton Island, Queensland, Australia-Sand Goanna (Varanus gouldii).jpg
Resolution: 1224x769 File Size: 257625 Bytes Date: 2004:12:21 16:51:28 Camera: KODAK CX4200 DIGITAL CAMERA (EASTMAN KODAK COMPANY) F number: f/4.5 Exposure: 4071/1000000 sec Focal Length: 600/100 Upload Date: 2007:09:20 19:46:20

Sand Goanna (Varanus gouldii) - Wiki

Sand goanna
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

[Photo] Sand monitor on Brampton Island, Queensland, Australia, in December 2005. Photo by Nickj.
Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts. A copy of the license is included in the section entitled "GNU Free Documentation License".

The Sand goanna is a large Australian monitor lizard - also known as Gould's monitor.

The name sand monitor can be used to describe many different species. The Gould's monitor is a terrestrial or "ground-dwelling" reptile that excavates large burrows for shelter. Rock escarpments and tree hollows are also suitable dwellings. Varanus gouldii inhabits a vast range throughout Australia. The Gould's monitor reaches an average size of 140 cm with the males attaining larger sizes. They can be found in Northern and Eastern Australia where they inhabit open woodlands and grasslands. Varanus flavirufus, a similar species resides in Australia's interior. There are some places however where Gould's, Flavi's and Argus all live in the same area. The similarities between the species and their close proximity frequently cause taxonomic confusion.

The Gould's monitor is a relentless forager. It is diurnal so most of its activities take place during the day. Anything smaller than itself will be eagerly devoured. The diet of hatchlings and juveniles often consists mostly of insects and small lizards but generally varies more with age. Adult monitors will prey on mice, large insects, small agamids and geckoes, smaller varanids, snakes, and carrion. The Gould's monitor does consume smaller species of monitor. Ackies, Rock Monitors and other dwarf species are often found and eaten. It is common to see a Gould's disturbing rock piles in an attempt to flush out any odatria.
The text in this page is based on the copyrighted Wikipedia article shown in above URL. It is used under the GNU Free Documentation License. You may redistribute it, verbatim or modified, providing that you comply with the terms of the GFDL.

Scientific Name: Varanus gouldii (Gray, 1838)
Common Names: Gould's Monitor, Sand Goanna, Gould's Goanna, Sand Monitor, Racehorse Goanna

| Mobile Home | New Photos | Random | Funny | Films | Korean |
^o^ Animal Pictures Archive for smart phones ^o^