Today I want to write about one of my favourite species of Australian lizard, the lace monitor.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- These beautiful lizards grow up to 2 metres long and are dark blue with white, cream or yellow markings.
- Lace monitors have very long, powerful claws and are excellent climbers, often running up trees when threatened.
- They are excellent hunters and eat a wide range of small mammals, reptiles, birds, eggs, insects and carrion. They can also become a pest around picnic areas as they will steal food from tables if they get a chance.
- At breeding time, the female finds a termite nest and digs a hole in the side where she lays 6-12 eggs. The termites repair the hole and the eggs are incubated by the heat in the nest. After the eggs hatch, the mother returns to dig the babies out.
- Lace monitors are found in forests along the east coast of Australia.
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 lace monitors?