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1 Lace Monitor at Black Range, NSW

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Varanus varius at Black Range, NSW - 3 Dec 2019
Varanus varius at Black Range, NSW - 3 Dec 2019

Identification history

Monitor Varanus varius 3 Dec 2019 MatthewHiggins

Significant sighting

  5 Dec 2019

Witnessing and documenting mating behaviour in wild monitors is a relatively rare event, therefore this is an interesting and valuable account.

Author's notes

Steph and I today saw Lace Monitor courtship behaviour. The male (a different individual from the one seen previously on our block, judging by facial pattern) was acting aroused, with lots of tongue-flicking to pick up scent, and it climbed a large tree. I then saw a smaller Lace Monitor (female) up the tree. The monitors returned to the ground where the male several times mounted the female who was in a submissive posture with head low to ground. Copulation did not take place as the female kept moving. After a while the pair ran off down the hill! About an hour later a local Kookaburra alerted us to the male’s presence and he was now on his own. As well as getting a good range of still images we also got good video of some of the key behaviour. A significant sighting.

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Aquila audax (Wedge-tailed Eagle) at Black Range, NSW - 3 Apr 2020
Falco longipennis (Australian Hobby) at Black Range, NSW - 1 Apr 2020
Leucosarcia melanoleuca (Wonga Pigeon) at Black Range, NSW - 31 Mar 2020
Vombatus ursinus (Bare-nosed Wombat) at Black Range, NSW - 31 Mar 2020
Varanus varius (Lace Monitor) at Black Range, NSW - 31 Mar 2020
Falco longipennis (Australian Hobby) at Black Range, NSW - 31 Mar 2020
Heteronympha merope (Common Brown) at Black Range, NSW - 31 Mar 2020
Pachycephala pectoralis (Golden Whistler) at Black Range, NSW - 30 Mar 2020
Falco longipennis (Australian Hobby) at Black Range, NSW - 30 Mar 2020
Varanus varius (Lace Monitor) at Black Range, NSW - 28 Mar 2020
Falco longipennis (Australian Hobby) at Black Range, NSW - 28 Mar 2020
Pseudechis porphyriacus (Red-bellied Black Snake) at Black Range, NSW - 26 Mar 2020
Delias harpalyce (Imperial Jezebel) at Black Range, NSW - 25 Mar 2020
Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris (Eastern Spinebill) at Black Range, NSW - 24 Mar 2020
Colluricincla harmonica (Grey Shrike-thrush) at Black Range, NSW - 24 Mar 2020
Vombatus ursinus (Bare-nosed Wombat) at Black Range, NSW - 24 Mar 2020
Pachycephala pectoralis (Golden Whistler) at Black Range, NSW - 24 Mar 2020
Junonia villida (Meadow Argus) at Black Range, NSW - 23 Mar 2020
Ptilonorhynchus violaceus (Satin Bowerbird) at Black Range, NSW - 17 Mar 2020
Vulpes vulpes (Red Fox) at Black Range, NSW - 16 Mar 2020
Tachyglossus aculeatus (Short-beaked Echidna) at Black Range, NSW - 16 Mar 2020
Oriolus sagittatus (Olive-backed Oriole) at Black Range, NSW - 16 Mar 2020
Rhipidura albiscapa (Grey Fantail) at Black Range, NSW - 16 Mar 2020
Eopsaltria australis (Eastern Yellow Robin) at Black Range, NSW - 16 Mar 2020
Adiantum aethiopicum (Maidenhair) at Black Range, NSW - 16 Mar 2020
Vombatus ursinus (Bare-nosed Wombat) at Black Range, NSW - 16 Mar 2020
Varanus varius (Lace Monitor) at Black Range, NSW - 16 Mar 2020
Pachycephala pectoralis (Golden Whistler) at Black Range, NSW - 13 Mar 2020
Vombatus ursinus (Bare-nosed Wombat) at Black Range, NSW - 13 Mar 2020
Amphibolurus muricatus (Jacky Lizard) at Black Range, NSW - 11 Feb 2020
Litoria peronii (Peron's Tree Frog) at Black Range, NSW - 11 Feb 2020
Cracticus torquatus (Grey Butcherbird) at Black Range, NSW - 15 Jan 2020
Accipiter novaehollandiae (Grey Goshawk) at Black Range, NSW - 26 Dec 2019
Phaps chalcoptera (Common Bronzewing) at Black Range, NSW - 26 Dec 2019
Varanus varius (Lace Monitor) at Black Range, NSW - 6 Dec 2019
Dipodium punctatum (Hyacinth Orchid) at Black Range, NSW - 6 Dec 2019
Lophoictinia isura (Square-tailed Kite) at Black Range, NSW - 27 Nov 2019
Coracina novaehollandiae (Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike) at Black Range, NSW - 12 Nov 2019
Vombatus ursinus (Bare-nosed Wombat) at Black Range, NSW - 6 Nov 2019
Leucosarcia melanoleuca (Wonga Pigeon) at Black Range, NSW - 6 Nov 2019
Pachycephala pectoralis (Golden Whistler) at Black Range, NSW - 6 Nov 2019
Phaps chalcoptera (Common Bronzewing) at Black Range, NSW - 29 Oct 2019
Accipiter novaehollandiae (Grey Goshawk) at Black Range, NSW - 29 Oct 2019
Eopsaltria australis (Eastern Yellow Robin) at Black Range, NSW - 27 Oct 2019
Lopholaimus antarcticus (Topknot Pigeon) at Black Range, NSW - 22 Oct 2019
Amphibolurus muricatus (Jacky Lizard) at Black Range, NSW - 20 Oct 2019
Amphibolurus muricatus (Jacky Lizard) at Black Range, NSW - 18 Oct 2019
Calyptorhynchus funereus (Yellow-tailed Black-cockatoo) at Black Range, NSW - 12 Oct 2019
Pachycephala rufiventris (Rufous Whistler) at Black Range, NSW - 3 Oct 2019
Varanus varius (Lace Monitor) at Black Range, NSW - 3 Oct 2019
Cracticus tibicen (Australian Magpie) at Black Range, NSW - 29 Sep 2019
Vombatus ursinus (Bare-nosed Wombat) at Black Range, NSW - 29 Sep 2019
Aquila audax (Wedge-tailed Eagle) at Black Range, NSW - 27 Sep 2019
Goniaea australasiae (Gumleaf grasshopper) at Black Range, NSW - 27 Sep 2019
Menura novaehollandiae (Superb Lyrebird) at Black Range, NSW - 25 Sep 2019
Chelodina (Chelodina) longicollis (Eastern long-necked turtle) at Black Range, NSW - 24 Sep 2019
Pseudechis porphyriacus (Red-bellied Black Snake) at Black Range, NSW - 19 Sep 2019
Acanthiza lineata (Striated Thornbill) at Black Range, NSW - 12 Sep 2019
Falco cenchroides (Nankeen Kestrel) at Black Range, NSW - 11 Sep 2019
Tachyglossus aculeatus (Short-beaked Echidna) at Black Range, NSW - 9 Sep 2019
Vombatus ursinus (Bare-nosed Wombat) at Black Range, NSW - 2 Sep 2019
Cracticus torquatus (Grey Butcherbird) at Black Range, NSW - 20 May 2019
Petroica boodang (Scarlet Robin) at Black Range, NSW - 11 May 2019
Dendrobium speciosum (Rock Lily) at Black Range, NSW - 11 May 2019
Platysace lanceolata (Shrubby Platysace) at Black Range, NSW - 11 May 2019
Neochmia temporalis (Red-browed Finch) at Black Range, NSW - 4 May 2019
Delena cancerides (Social huntsman spider) at Black Range, NSW - 4 May 2019
Glycine clandestina (Twining Glycine) at Black Range, NSW - 3 May 2019
Corcorax melanorhamphos (White-winged Chough) at Black Range, NSW - 30 Apr 2019
Eucalyptus cypellocarpa (Monkey Gum, Mountain Grey Gum) at Black Range, NSW - 30 Apr 2019
Scaevola aemula (Common Fan-flower) at Black Range, NSW - 30 Apr 2019
Heteronympha merope (Common Brown) at Black Range, NSW - 27 Apr 2019
Leucopogon juniperinus (Long Flower Beard-Heath) at Black Range, NSW - 26 Apr 2019
Acanthiza pusilla (Brown Thornbill) at Black Range, NSW - 26 Apr 2019
Strepera versicolor (Grey Currawong) at Black Range, NSW - 23 Apr 2019
Ypthima arctous (Dusky Knight) at Black Range, NSW - 23 Apr 2019
Colluricincla harmonica (Grey Shrike-thrush) at Black Range, NSW - 23 Apr 2019
Eopsaltria australis (Eastern Yellow Robin) at Black Range, NSW - 21 Apr 2019
Alisterus scapularis (Australian King-parrot) at Black Range, NSW - 20 Apr 2019
Acrida conica (Giant Slant-face) at Black Range, NSW - 19 Apr 2019
Accipiter fasciatus (Brown Goshawk) at Black Range, NSW - 19 Apr 2019
Pyrrosia rupestris (Rock Felt Fern) at Black Range, NSW - 19 Apr 2019
Zoothera lunulata (Bassian Thrush) at Black Range, NSW - 19 Apr 2019
Macropus rufogriseus (Red-necked Wallaby) at Black Range, NSW - 18 Apr 2019
Turnix varius (Painted Button-quail) at Black Range, NSW - 16 Apr 2019
Cormobates leucophaea (White-throated Treecreeper) at Black Range, NSW - 16 Apr 2019
Cacomantis flabelliformis (Fan-tailed Cuckoo) at Black Range, NSW - 15 Apr 2019
Podargus strigoides (Tawny Frogmouth) at Black Range, NSW - 15 Apr 2019
Pachycephala pectoralis (Golden Whistler) at Black Range, NSW - 15 Apr 2019
Aegotheles cristatus (Australian Owlet-nightjar) at Black Range, NSW - 15 Apr 2019
Ficus rubiginosa (Port Jackson or Rusty Fig) at Black Range, NSW - 9 Apr 2019
Pachycephala olivacea (Olive Whistler) at Black Range, NSW - 9 Apr 2019
Petroica rosea (Rose Robin) at Black Range, NSW - 8 Apr 2019
Junonia villida (Meadow Argus) at Black Range, NSW - 7 Apr 2019
Hypoxis hygrometrica var. hygrometrica (Golden Weather-grass) at Black Range, NSW - 7 Apr 2019
Utetheisa pulchelloides (Salt And Pepper Moth) at Black Range, NSW - 31 Mar 2019
Jalmenus evagoras (Common Imperial Blue) at Black Range, NSW - 29 Mar 2019
Menura novaehollandiae (Superb Lyrebird) at Black Range, NSW - 26 Mar 2019
Litoria peronii (Peron's Tree Frog) at Black Range, NSW - 16 Mar 2019
Rhipidura albiscapa (Grey Fantail) at Black Range, NSW - 13 Mar 2019

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