You can tell this is a big lizard, walking across our front lawn as it searches for something tasty like a burrow of baby rabbits. It was startled by a car and ran up a small tree until it felt safe again.
Here is the whole animal, impressive, yet this is quite a young and small Lace Monitor.
Later it came down and sat guard over a rabbit burrow at the base of the tree, perhaps waiting until a good moment to try digging them out. Last week a much larger specimen was found climbing a nearby tree hunting for a bird’s nest.
It was very difficult to photograph against the bright sunny sky, but then these huge monitors (or goannas as we Australians know them) really don’t care about being photogenic! I was careful not to go too close because they will vomit on anyone chasing them up the tree. Of course for many thousands of years they were very desirable bush tucker for our indigenous people, so they had to develop escape tactics! Here is one last view of the large one, probably 2 metres long, that is over 6.8 ft.