There are more than 25 species of monitor lizard in Australia and they do vary in size with the largest being over 2 metres long. All have very sharp teeth and claws that can cause significant injury.
Like most native fauna, many are wary of people and will usually flee if given the opportunity.
Goannas will rear up onto their hind legs when threatened, chased or cornered, and can also emit harsh hissing noises.
Goannas are protected species throughout Australia.
If you stay well away from monitor lizards they usually present no immediate danger, however like snakes it is best to keep children and pets well away from them even if they are injured.
SIZE: L15cm x H6cm