Here in Australia we have a lot of different types of lizards, big ones and small ones but I think the guy in this photo from 1935 would have to be one of the biggest of them all!
This lizard is a 6ft long Bungarra (Sand Goanna) and can you imagine what was going through the mind of the dog in the background (which looks like a Border collie to me just for sizing purposes) when it wandered up? The dog was tied to the kennel after all which means that escape was not on the cards…. *cue Jaws music*…..
These lizards eat pretty much anything that fits in their mouth, and at this size that means pretty much everything that crosses its path is in danger.
My favourite old newspaper article about lizard was this post, The Mysterious Kumi and after seeing this photo I can readily imagine people believing in reptilian monsters!