Creature Features

Creature Features are a popular section of our quarterly Xanthopus journal.

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Heath Goanna Varanus rosenbergi

Heath Goanna Varanus rosenbergiIn Southern South Australia Goannas are our last remaining large, native terrestrial predator and they need our help!

The three large goanna species that occur in Southern SA are the Heath Goanna Varanus rosenbergi, the Sand Goanna V. gouldii and the Lace Monitor V. varius.

The Heath Goanna, also known as Rosenberg’s Goanna, can be confused with the more common, widespread Sand Goanna which is similar in size. The photos above show distinguishing features - including no pale tail tip and curved neck bands. The larger Lace Monitor has a restricted distribution in SA and is more easily distinguished from the others.