I have posted about lizards here before*, we often come across interesting ones in our travels and have heaps of small skinks in our garden, as does probably everyone in Australia. We also have Blue-Tongue lizards who live under the house and eat the frogs (grrrrr). This post is about a lizard we haven’t had in our garden though, a Goanna.
Goannas can be quite big and are pretty scary looking, but would rather run away from you than attack you. If we see one when we are driving through the bush they generally run up the nearest tree to get away. Still, I don’t recommend you mess with them.
I was amused to find this article from 1948 about a goanna infestation at St Arnaud. I bet poor young Noel Petrie wasn’t amused after being chased through a paddock by two marauding goannas though.
I wonder what drove those goannas into a more populated area? Bushfire? Perhaps because it was summer food was getting scarce. Either way, a normally peaceful goanna will not stop at anything to get a feed…
When I was looking for an article to post I found this clip and just had to add it in. This guy is the scariest looking BBQ cleaner you will ever see. No wonder the owner of the BBQ was filming from inside the house (He could have turned the telly down though!)
Some other lizard posts: