Lace Monitor, Baranduda Range

Magnificent lace monitors Baranduda Range

Magnificent lace monitors Baranduda Range

Tony (Marsh) and I encountered these Lace Monitors while on our way into the Baranduda Range on a trip to collect seed from the threatened Swainsona sericea population.Lace Monitors are Australia’s second largest lizard and can grow up to 2m.  They are exceptional tree climbers and are generally found in larger wooded remnants particularly those containing older hollow bearing trees – both dead and alive and standing and fallen.  Hollows are particularly important as they provide day and night refuge (protection and rest spots) as well as nest and roost sites for prey.

Lace monitors enjoying the late afternoon sun

Lace monitors enjoying the late afternoon sun

They feed on a wide variety of vertebrates (including fish and rabbit), birds eggs and carrion (dead carcasses).  They nest by excavating a cavity in active termite mounds where they lay 8-12 eggs.  Termites repair the mound to seal in the eggs and in so doing provide a temperature regulated (insulated) and relatively protected environment – albeit one regularly subject to red fox predation.

 

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