Varanus varius TL 2m
What does it look like? Moderately robust goanna with long, laterally depressed tail that extends to thin, ‘whip-like’ end. Generally bluish-black above with numerous various-sized, creamish-yellow spots arranged in transverse bands, becoming less intense with age and almost absent in older adults. Snout and chin have yellow and black barring. In sub-humid parts of range, occasional individuals have colour pattern of wide yellow-and-black banding, known as Bell’s phase.
Where is it found? Eastern Australia from southern Cape York Peninsula and eastern Qld, through central and south-eastern NSW, and eastern and northern Vic, to south-eastern SA.
What are its habitats & habits? Found in coastal rainforests, forests, woodland and inland ranges, where it is largely arboreal, but often forages on the ground for food, which includes carrion, mammals, birds (including eggs), reptiles, invertebrates and frogs. Oviparous, laying around 8 parchment-shelled eggs in termite nests.