At the highway turnoff to the pretty town of Crystal Brook in South Australias mid north stands a tree with a carved goanna. Goannas are a type of monitor lizard which are found in SE Asia, Australia and Africa. The largest Australian goanna, the Perenti can grow to over 2 metres (6′ 8″) in length and the smallest is the Short Tailed Monitor which rarely gets over 20cm (8″) in length. The largest monitor lizard is the Komodo Dragon – the largest lizard on the planet. Most goannas will head for a tree when startled, running quite quickly with a funny gait and then up the nearest gumtree.
We spied this fellow while doing a spot of night geocaching. He looks quite eerie silhouetted against the full moon and cloudy sky.
To give you a better idea here is the flash version from a slightly different angle to avoid the moon:
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