Goannas are technically known as Lace Monitors, or Varanus varius.
|Goanna up a small tree.|
It had a large prominent abdomen. I have no idea what it had in its stomach, but there is a prominent ridge visible in its stomach, so I can only guess that it had recently consumed something with a long tail - most likely a large snake. But that is a guess.
|Look at the extended belly. Lunch might have been a snake.|
|Varanus varius head and front feet claws|
|Second Goanna - roaming actively.|
Early in our encounter, it came close up, towards me, and believe me, I was nervous. Its tongue was flicking out, repeatedly "tasting the air". Fortunately there was a broken shrub between the Goanna and me.
|Tongue flicking is the way Goannas "sniff out their prey"|
From the sublime to the ridiculous, we saw a small young Goanna on the road. Kirsten stopped ot prevent running over it, and it ran under her car, as another car approached - on this fairly busy road. It must then have scampered off, for we did not see it again. It had a small forked tongue, just like the adult I had just seen.
Three Goannas in one kilometre of road is pretty amazing.