Alice Springs Reptile Centre

PerentieJuvenile Perentie

The distinctive perenties with their long neck, angular brow, powerful limbs and long, laterally compressed tail are a common reptile seen in Central Australia. Each limb has five clawed toes and a mouth with sharp curved, backward pointing teeth. They are also known to stand on their back legs and tail to get a better view of the surround, and are fast sprinters.

Perentie (Varanus giganteus), Alice Springs Reptile Centre NT
Perentie (Varanus giganteus), Alice Springs Reptile Centre NT

The Perentie is Australia’s largest lizard species, growing up to 2.5 metres in length, it is usually found in rocky ranges and outcrops, as well as the vast sandy deserts.

Checkout our Reptiles section for more info on the Perentie (Varanus giganteus).


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Reptilia
  • Order: Squamata
  • Family: Varanidae
  • Genus: Varanus
  • Subgenus: Varanus
  • Species: Varanus giganteus

PerentieJuvenile Perentie

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