Varanus

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Monitor lizard is the common name of several large lizard species , comprising the genus Varanus . They are native to Africa , Asia and Oceania , but are now found also in the Americas as an invasive species . A total of 79 species are currently recognized.

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Megalania ( Megalania prisca or Varanus priscus ) is an extinct giant goanna or monitor lizard . [1] They were part of a megafaunal assemblage that inhabited southern Australia during the Pleistocene . The youngest fossil remains date to around 50,000 years ago. [2] The first aboriginal settlers of Australia might have encountered them. [2] [3]

Also known as a monitor or a goanna (5) , the perentie ( Varanus giganteus ) is Australia’s largest lizard (3) . It has creamy colouration, becoming browner on the upperparts with age, occasionally with a reddish tinge (6) . The body and tail are darkly speckled and have transverse bands of pale, dark-edged spots (7) , occurring from the neck to two-thirds of the way down the tail (6) . The perentie has black lines on the throat (7) , and its long neck has unique spot patterns that can be used to identify individuals (3) .