Wednesday, November 4, 2009


Walking through the local bush a few days ago I heard scrabbling around a large tree and discovered a goanna over a metre long climbing up the burnt trunk. The photos make it look lighter than it was - both tree-trunk and lizard were black. Given its dark colour, it's well-adapted to hide itself in burnt-out forests and thereby avoid predatory birds like kookaburras when young - although even an eagle probably couldn't tackle one as big as this.

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