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Varanus gouldii (Sand Monitor, Gould's Goanna; Sand monitor)

Wikipedia Abstract

The sand goanna (Varanus gouldii ) is a species of large Australian monitor lizard, also known as Gould's monitor, the sand monitor, or racehorse goanna. In some Aboriginal languages, the sand goanna is called bungarra, a term commonly used by nonaboriginal people in Western Australia, too. The name "sand monitor" can be used to describe various other species.
View Wikipedia Record: Varanus gouldii


Varanus gouldii flavirufus (Sand monitor)
Varanus gouldii gouldii (Gould's monitor)


Adult Weight [1]  1.81 lbs (821 g)
Litter Size [2]  6
Maximum Longevity [3]  18 years


Protected Areas


Biodiversity Hotspots

Name Location Endemic Species Website
Southwest Australia Australia No

Prey / Diet

Prey / Diet Overlap


Varanus giganteus (Perentie)[2]
Varanus gouldii (Sand Monitor, Gould's Goanna)[2]



Australia (except arid interior), S New Guinea flavirufus: Central Australia in the area of the red soils; westwards to the Canning Stock Route (Western Australia); Terra typica: Bat Caves near Alice Springs, Northern Territory. Terra typica: "Australia;

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Length–weight allometries in lizards, S. Meiri, Journal of Zoology 281 (2010) 218–226
2Comparative ecology of Varanus in the Great Victoria Desert, Eric R. Pianka, Australian Journal of Ecology (1994) 19, 395-408
3de 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
4Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
5Species 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
Biodiversity Hotspots provided by Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
Abstract provided by DBpedia licensed under a Creative Commons License