These woodland and forest inhabitants are surprisingly agile on trees, giving rise to an alternative common name, the Tree Goanna.
Lace Monitors also rely on trees for their hollow shelters, although hollow logs and burrows may also be used. If alarmed they are likely to scurry up the nearest tree using enormously powerful claws.
Termite mound incubators
Lace Monitor females dig through the walls of inhabited termite mounds to lay their eggs. Termites proceed to repair the holes created by the lizards, enclosing the eggs and providing a safe nesting site. After an incubation period between two and ten months, the female returns and releases her hatchlings.
What’s on the menu?
Lace Monitors are carnivores, preying on birds, mammals, lizards, eggs and insects. These large lizards will even scavenge around picnic and camping grounds in search of the next meal.
Did you know?
Large monitors are considered to have high intelligence; almost as high as that of mammals.