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Meet our baby Lace Monitors!

By April 9, 2021April 14th, 2021News

We have added 2 new members to our family- baby Lace Monitors! The second-largest lizard in Australia! When fully grown, these guys can reach 2m in length and weigh up to 14kg!!

‘We are very excited to give the public an opportunity to get up close and personal with these beautiful creatures. We are extremely proud of our extensive collection of Australian reptiles which now include crocodiles, snakes, blue tongue lizards, and now lace monitors. We look forward to continuing to grow through education, conservation and entertainment’ Tony Gilding, The Macadamia Castle owner.

You can meet these guys at our reptile show from Saturday April 10 – at 10:30am and 3:30pm

Some fun facts about Lace Monitors:

Lace Monitors are the closest living relative of the Komodo Dragon in Indonesia, but the two species diverged about 12 million years ago.

Lace Monitors will eat just about anything they can catch and swallow whole, including mammals, birds, other reptiles, and especially eggs, including crocodile eggs. They often dig up the mounds of Bush Turkeys while the male turkey, who incubates the mound, tries to drive them away. They also feed on carrion, and particularly road kill.

Goannas have an excellent sense of smell – they are the only lizards with forked tongues, which they flick in and out to taste the air as snakes do.

Lace Monitors have powerful claws which enable them to run up trees, and very sharp teeth designed for tearing apart prey. A few years ago, researchers found that Lace Monitors may have venom glands that can cause pain and swelling within minutes of a bite, lasting several hours.

Mature males will fight each other for the right to mate with a female. They stand on their back legs and grab each other until one falls to the ground and retreats.

The eggs of Lace Monitors are usually laid in termite mounds, most commonly in termite mounds found in trees. The female digs a hole in the mound, deposits her eggs, then leaves the hole open to be filled in by the termites. She then abandons the eggs and returns 8-9 months later to open the mound with her powerful claws and let the young emerge.

Eating Cane Toads are a major threat to Lace Monitors, and scientists are now dropping Cane Toad sausages from helicopters across remote areas of Australia. Cane Toad meat is mixed with a chemical that causes nausea, so Lace Monitors associated the smell of Cane Toads with an upset stomach. The other main threat is predation by cats and foxes.

It’s competition time!!!

We’re giving you guys a chance to name these gorgeous creatures… Most creative answer wins a family park pass to meet the babies plus a family portrait!

CLICK HERE to enter via our Facebook page!

WINNER ANNOUNCED!

Congratulations to Carolyn Piercy! We loved your entry and in acknowledgement of the Bundjalung nation, we are going to name our 2 baby Lace Monitors ‘Dirawong’ (goanna spirit of the Bundjalung nation) and ‘Birrung’ (one of the brothers from the Bundjalung nation dreamtime legend of the three brothers) 🥰