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
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.
On the 5th September 2012 Glen Johnson wrote
Dr. Damian Michael, Herpetologist reveals hidden reptile and frog treasures during a ½ day field extravaganza in Baranduda. This is your opportunity to get up close and personal to a host of locals – from the dinosaur age! We’ll visit a number of nearby reptile and frog locations. Hosted by Baranduda Landcare & NECMA.
Chris Lehmann wrote on 10/4/12
Tony and I had an unsuccessful swainsona search on the west side of the range this morning (about 4 hour walk).
But the critters were out in abundance!
Kangaroos (of course), Wallaby, fallow Deer (3), Goanna (!), numerous Jacky lizards, black snake, brown snake (that was posing for us), unidentified dark “blue tongue type” lizard, Tawny Frogmouth, spotted pardalotes, sacred kingfisher, black face cuckoo shrikes and a Wedge Tail Eagle soaring right in close over us … it was a wonderful morning. : )))
An amazing walk because:
* I have never seen a goanna on the range.
* and never seen 2 separate snakes on a single trip.
* also never seen deer “on” the range (evidence of, but not alive).