Lace Monitor

Varanus varius

During the breeding season, a female lace monitor digs a hole in a termite mound and lays up to 12 eggs inside. The termites patch up the hole, keeping the monitor eggs warm inside. The female returns about nine months later when the eggs hatch to help the hatchlings dig their way out.

The lace monitor uses its long sharp claws to climb trees and seeks shelter in tree hollows.

 

Fact File

lengthLength: 4.5 to 6.5 ft
habitatHabitat: Forest
dietDiet: Insects, reptiles, small mammals, birds, eggs and carrion