Goannas are Australia's biggest lizards. The Perentie is the largest of the goannas; it grows up to about 1.6 metres (or 7 feet), but some grow to 2 metres long. They are found in the Central and Northern Australian desert areas. The common goanna, tree goanna and the lace monitor are widely spread through Australia and grow to a length of 6 feet.
There are many types of goannas. They have black spots on a yellow belly. When they are threatened they usually prefer to run away than fight. They have about 249-290 scales around the middle of the body. Their tail is long, strong and at the base it is very thick. Their tails are about 1.3 times longer than their head and body.
Habitat: Ground dwelling lizard which inhabits deep crevices and burrows in rocky and sandy areas. They eat insects, reptiles, birds, small mammals and carrion. Scientific name: Varanus giganteus.
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