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:
- Perenties are Australia’s largest lizard and the world’s fourth biggest. They can grow up to 2.5 metres long.
- Despite their size, they are very fast, running at up to 40 kph over short distances, making them very effective predators.
- They use their long tongue to detect prey, helping them to catch rabbits, wallabies and other small mammals, birds and lizards.
- 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.
- 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?