5 Interesting Facts About Perenties

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This large perentie is using his tongue to detect prey

Today I want to write about perenties, a large goanna or monitor lizard that is found in remote Australia.

Here are five interesting facts about them:

  1. Perenties are Australia’s largest lizard and the world’s fourth biggest.  They can grow up to 2.5 metres long.
  2. Despite their size, they are very fast, running at up to 40 kph over short distances, making them very effective predators.
  3. They use their long tongue to detect prey, helping them to catch rabbits, wallabies and other small mammals, birds and lizards.
  4. When they catch their prey, they shake them violently until they’re dead.  They also have venom in their saliva and eat their prey whole.
  5. Perenties often lay their eggs in termites’ nests as they create the perfect conditions for them.  They lay 8-11 eggs per batch.

I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.

Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about perenties?

Similar species:

Green Iguanas

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