Australian monitor lizards, or goannas as they're commonly known, belong to an ancient lineage that evolved in the northern hemisphere during the Cretaceous period – about 90 million years ago! The Perentie is Australia's largest goanna.
Goannas radiated from the north to Africa and Australia during the Miocene epoch, around 15 million years ago and have an important place in our history and culture. They were an important traditional native food source and are commonly represented in Aboriginal Dreamtime stories.
SIZE: L46cm x W12cm