Goanna – An Icon of the Australian Bush (And great tucker!)

Saturday, Jan 30, 2016 at 18:38

Baz - The Landy

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The Lace Monitor, or Goanna as it is commonly known in Australia, will be a reptile familiar to many who get Out and About in the bush.

This particular specimen was photographed in Yengo National Park and has the typical markings of dark grey to blue-black with cream markings.

The lace monitor, of which there are many different varieties roaming our shores, is related to the majestic Komodo Dragon of Indonesia, albeit much smaller in stature!

In more recent times, scientists' have discovered monitor lizards are mildly venomous. Previously, it had been thought that infections caused by a bite from a lace monitor was caused by bacteria in its mouth, however this is now believed to be caused by mild envenomation.

Mind you, looking at its powerful jaws you would want to avoid any bite from these reptiles, venomous or not!

Of course, the Goanna has featured high on the dinner menu of Australia’s Indigenous population and I have had the opportunity to sample one expertly prepared by an Aboriginal Elder, noting that almost any food char grilled on an open fire is bound to taste okay – and it was quite delicious!

Even though this reptile is very common, especially on Australia’s East Coast, I never tire at watching them in the wild and the way they “strut” through the magnificent Australian Bush…

Just in case you were wondering “Baz – The Landy” came about as a consequence of owning three Land Rover Defenders, but as you can see this has now changed...

And yes, thank you, I've recovered fully from the experience!

But “Baz – The Landy” reference has stuck...!

Cheers, Baz – The Landy, Outback Australia…
“Those who don’t think
it can be done shouldn’t
bother the person doing it…”
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