forked tongue, Jacobson's organs to analyse the sensations experienced by the forked tongue, long slender neck, flattened head, strong tail, powerful legs with 5 clawed toes, numerous sharp curved backward-pointing teeth
- up to 2.5m (8 ft) in length; second largest lizard in the world
- occurs in desert regions from western Queensland to coastal WA;
rocky outcrops, shelter in large burrows
- ground dweller but will climb a tree is disturbed;forages widely
- insects, birds, other reptiles, mammals, carrion; track by sight or by sensing prey with their tongue; forage actively and also 'sit and wait' for larger prey like rabbits
- lay eggs
References - Books
- Australia's Amazing Wildlife, 1985. Bay Books, Kensington NSW.
- Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, HG Cogger, 1996. Reed Books, Melbourne
- Encyclopedia of Australian Wildlife, Readers Digest Australia Pty Ltd, 1997. Readers Digest (Australia) Pty Ltd, Surrey Hills.
- Wildlife Conservation, HJ Frith, 1979. Angus & Robertson, London.