Lace Monitor (Goanna)

Lace Monitor (Varanus varius)

Lace Monitor (Varanus varius)

The Lace Monitor (Varanus varius) is a large species of monitor lizard (goanna) found in eastern Australia. They inhabit rainforests, eucalypt forests and woodlands, and spend much of their time in trees. 

What does a Lace Monitor sound like? Lace Monitors can make drawn-out, breathy hissing sounds when they feel threatened. These sounds are made by inflating the throat, and are often accompanied by a defensive posture making the animal appear larger. In addition to these noises, Lace Monitors can flick their tail like a whip to defend themselves from a predator (or human that comes too close!).

Listen to some examples of Lace Monitor sounds below.

Listen to Goanna Sounds

The audio in the video below features the typical breathy hiss of a Lace Monitor (Varanus varius). Recorded in Wollemi National Park,  NSW, Australia.

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