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.