5 Interesting Facts About Lace Monitors

lace-monitor

Here is a lace monitor looking for some prey

Today I want to write about one of my favourite species of Australian lizard, the lace monitor.

Here are five interesting facts about them:

  1. These beautiful lizards grow up to 2 metres long and are dark blue with white, cream or yellow markings.
  2. Lace monitors have very long, powerful claws and are excellent climbers, often running up trees when threatened.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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?

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