Sand Monitor

Lizards of South East Queensland

Sand Monitor

Varanus gouldii
Other common names: Sand Goanna
Sand Monitor

Species Profile

General description:

This large lizard has a large tail that is laterally compressed with regular rings. Grey streaks on throat forming a ‘V’ shape, pale-edged dark stripe extending from the eye and a cream to yellow patternless tail-tip. Brown to reddish brown in colour with pale yellow speckling which tends to cluster into tight transversely arranged dark-centered spots.

Average length:


Habitat in SE Qld:

Ground dwelling species occurring in sclerophyll forests and arid environments, sheltering in burrows, hollow logs and dense leaf litter.


Carnivorous unselectively feeding upon small vertebrates, insects and carrion.

Local Distribution:

Recent captures and sightings close to Brisbane include western suburbs such as Anstead, Mt Crosby and Pine Mountain at Ipswich. Relatively widespread west of Ipswich.

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