Disdainful Perentie


Swansea, Australia

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Just liked the way this one appeared totally ‘above’ being photographed yet again. Nikon D7k, F6.3, 1/160s, ISO 200. Newcastle, NSW, Australia, Oakvale Farm, Port Stephens area.
120 views, 15/11/11
Many thanks for being Featured in: Gems 21/7/11, High Quality Images 14/8/11, Natures Paintbrush 16/11/11

Disdainful Perentie Mounted Print

The Perentie (Varanus giganteus) is the largest monitor lizard or goanna native to Australia, and fourth largest lizard on earth, after the Komodo Dragon, crocodile monitor and the water monitor. Found west of the Great Dividing Range in the arid areas of Australia, they are not a common sight on account of their shyness and remoteness of much of their range from human habitation. Their status in indigenous Aboriginal culture is evident in the totemic relationship, and part of a dreaming, as well as bush tucker. They were a favoured food item among desert Aboriginal tribes, and the fat was used for medicinal and ceremonial purposes. The lizard can grow up to 2.5 metres (8 ft 2 in) in length although the average length is around 1.75 to 2 metres (5 ft 9 in to 6 ft 7 in) and weigh up to 15 kilograms (33 lb) — maximum weight can be over 20 kilograms (44 lb). Their rival for third largest lizard is the crocodile monitor. Crocodile Monitors are longer, and often exceed 8 feet (2.4 m) in length, but perenties are heavier and bulkier than the crocodile monitor. However, Perenties are relatively lean lizards, less bulky than either the Komodo dragon or the water monitor.
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