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Species: Varanus giganteus

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Perentie Varanus giganteus
Australia's larges species, the Varanus giganteus is found throughout the arid Central Australian region, central Western Australia and outback Queensland. Growing up to 2.5 metres in length, it is usually found in rocky ranges and outcrops, as well as the vast sandy deserts.

It is long-neck, with angular brow, powerful limbs and long, laterally compressed tail. It can stand on its back legs and tail to get a better view of the surround, as well as being fast sprinters.

It is strikingly different to the Gould's Goanna, with a cream to white heavily speckled against a dark brown to black background. The pale coloured spots are arranged in rows across the body and tail.

In late 2005, University of Melbourne researchers discovered that perenties and goannas and other monitors are venomous.1

The perentie is an important bush food for the Aboriginal people. The perentie also features in Aboriginal mythology and dreamtime stories, as well as depicted in many pieces of Aboriginal art. See The Perentie and the Goanna and How the Goanna and Perentie got their looks.

Common name Scientific name Where Found
Perentie
Perenty
Varanus giganteus Mainly in the arid and desert regions of Central Australia, Western Australia and outback Queensland.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Sauria
Family: Varanidae
Genus: Varanus
Species: V. giganteus

Perentie Images

Perentie (Varanus giganteus) Perentie (Varanus giganteus) - Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park Perentie (Varanus giganteus), Palm Valley - Australia Perentie (Varanus giganteus) - Kings Canyon
Juvenile Perentie at Alice Springs Reptile Centre      
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Perentie Other links

Aboriginal Education & Employment Services
Aboriginal Dreaming Stories and Torres Strait Legends as a Source of Cultural Information (pdf)
www.wildherps.com Varanus giganteus - Perentie
Wikipedia Perentie
 

Source:
1 Goanna venom rocks the reptile record, The University of Melbourne, UniNews Vol. 14, No. 22, 28 November - 12 December 2005
 

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