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Varanus varius (Lace Monitor)

Synonyms: Lacerta varia; Tupinambis variegatus; Varanus bellii; Varanus mustelinus; Varanus various

Wikipedia Abstract

The lace monitor or lace goanna (Varanus varius) is a member of the monitor lizard family, Australian members of which are commonly known as goannas. It belongs to the subgenus Varanus. Lace monitors are the second-largest monitor in Australia after the perentie. They can be as long as 2.1 m (over 6.8 ft) with a head-and-body length of up to 76.5 cm (2.5 ft). The tail is long and slender and about 1.5 times the length of the head and body. The maximum weight of lace monitor can be 20 kg (44 lb), but most adults are much smaller.
View Wikipedia Record: Varanus varius


Adult Weight [1]  13.98 lbs (6.34 kg)
Maximum Longevity [2]  15 years


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Australian Alps montane grasslands Australia Australasia Montane Grasslands and Shrublands
Brigalow tropical savanna Australia Australasia Tropical and Subtropical Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Eastern Australian temperate forests Australia Australasia Temperate Broadleaf and Mixed Forests
Einasleigh upland savanna Australia Australasia Tropical and Subtropical Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Murray-Darling woodlands and mallee Australia Australasia Mediterranean Forests, Woodlands, and Scrub  
Queensland tropical rain forests Australia Australasia Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests  
Southeast Australia temperate forests Australia Australasia Temperate Broadleaf and Mixed Forests
Southeast Australia temperate savanna Australia Australasia Temperate Grasslands, Savannas, and Shrublands
Tirari-Sturt stony desert Australia Australasia Deserts and Xeric Shrublands

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Croajingolong National Park II 217067 Victoria, Australia
Dunggir National Park II 6402 New South Wales, Australia
Hattah-Kulkyne NP and Murray-Kulkyne Park National Park II 122831 Victoria, Australia
Maria National Park II 5735 New South Wales, Australia
Riverland Biosphere Reserve Ia 1490891 South Australia, Australia
Shoalwater and Corio Bays Area Ramsar Site   Queensland, Australia
Sundown National Park II 30557 Queensland, Australia
Yathong Nature Reserve Ia 270264 New South Wales, Australia

Prey / Diet

Chalinolobus gouldii (Gould's wattled bat)[3]
Equus caballus (horse)[4]
Macropus giganteus (Eastern Grey Kangaroo)[4]
Macropus rufogriseus (Red-necked Wallaby)[4]
Oryctolagus cuniculus (European Rabbit)[4]
Petauroides volans (Greater Glider)[4]
Petaurus breviceps (Sugar Glider)[4]
Strepera graculina (Pied Currawong)[4]
Wallabia bicolor (Swamp Wallaby)[4]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Accipiter novaehollandiae (Grey Goshawk)1
Aquila audax (Wedge-tailed Eagle)6
Circus approximans (Swamp Harrier)1
Cracticus nigrogularis (Pied Butcherbird)1
Dasyurus maculatus (Tiger Quoll)1
Hieraaetus morphnoides (Little Eagle)1
Morelia spilota (Carpet python)1
Ninox connivens (Barking Boobook)1
Ninox strenua (Powerful Boobook)2
Notechis scutatus (Mainland Tiger Snake)1
Strepera graculina (Pied Currawong)1
Tyto tenebricosa (Greater Sooty Owl)1


Parasitized by 
Abbreviata antarctica <Unverified Name>[5]
Abbreviata clelandi <Unverified Name>[5]
Abbreviata confusa <Unverified Name>[5]
Abbreviata varani <Unverified Name>[5]
Acanthotaenia gracilis <Unverified Name>[6]
Bothridium parvum <Unverified Name>[5]
Elenia australis <Unverified Name>[6]
Haemogregarina breinli <Unverified Name>[6]
Haemogregarina johnstoni <Unverified Name>[6]
Haemogregarina varanicola <Unverified Name>[6]
Hastospiculum gouldi <Unverified Name>[5]
Kapsulotaenia tidswelli <Unverified Name>[5]
Kapsulotaenia varia <Unverified Name>[6]
Ophidascaris robertsi <Unverified Name>[6]
Raillietascaris varani <Unverified Name>[5]
Sphaerechinorhynchus rotundocapitatus[5]
Strongyluris paronai <Unverified Name>[6]
Tanqua tiara <Unverified Name>[5]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Australia Zoo
Blackbutt Reserve
Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservat'n Society
Cleland Wildlife Park
Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Healesville Sanctuary
Houston Zoo, Inc.
Melbourne Zoo
Rotterdam Zoo
St. Augustine Alligator Farm
Taronga Zoo


Australia (New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria) Terra typica: New South Wales; Croajingolong;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Length–weight allometries in lizards, S. Meiri, Journal of Zoology 281 (2010) 218–226
2de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
3Chalinolobus gouldii, Bryan Chruszcz and Robert M. R. Barclay, MAMMALIAN SPECIES No. 690, pp. 1–4 (2002)
4Diet of the Lace Monitor Lizard (Varanus varius) in south-eastern Australia, Brian W. Weavers, Australian Zoologist, Vol. 25(3) 83-85
5Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
6Species Interactions of Australia Database, Atlas of Living Australia, Version ala-csv-2012-11-19
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
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