"High Beach"
Some Western Australian History & Some Family History & Some More

Gould's Monitor at Dryandra

These pictures show two young Gould's monitors (Varanus gouldii) fighting in the late afternoon in Dryandra in the south west of Western Australia in November 2004.

The species name, gouldii, commemorates the English naturalist John Gould (1804-1881)

It is a privilege to see reptiles like this in the bush. Interfering with or capturing reptiles without a license is illegal. Unfortunately not all offenders get caught but many do. It is illegal to smuggle wildlife out of Australia. Australian Customs officers have a very high success rate in detecting offenders.

Reference: Storr, GM Smith, LA & Johnstone, RE (1983) Lizards of Western Australia II: Dragons and Monitors Western Australian Museum.