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Perentie

Facts

scientific name

Varanus giganteus

conservation status

Least Concern

diet

Perentie feed on lizards, insects and small mammals, and will feed on anything up to small wallabies as adults.

habitat

They live in arid areas throughout South Australia, Western Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory; regularly sheltering in burrows that they dig for themselves.

The Perentie is Australia’s largest lizard, reaching over 2.5meters in length, which is much smaller than their Indonesian cousins the Komodo dragons reaching over 3meters. Perentie belong to a group of lizards called monitors, which are also commonly referred to as goannas.