Lifestyle

Eagerly awaited little lizard has arrived

A new goanna has hatched at the Snakes Downunder Reptile Park and Zoo Childers Photo Contributed
A new goanna has hatched at the Snakes Downunder Reptile Park and Zoo Childers Photo Contributed Contributed

AFTER more than eight months of artificial incubation one little lace monitor has finally made its way into the world at Snakes Downunder Reptile Park and Zoo at Childers.

The hatchling was one of four eggs laid by resident goannas Belle and Terry who have been at the zoo for a combined two decades.

It may not sound like a big deal but there is a lot of careful planning which goes in to making sure the eggs are collected in time to make sure some of them stay viable.

Park owner Ian Jenkins said they were excited to see one the eggs hatch but would have to wait until the lizard was about a year old to see if it was male or female.

"There were four eggs in this clutch and one survived - which is about normal," he said.

"We incubate them for eight months and give all eggs the benefit of the doubt as to whether they survive or not.

"An ultrasound or x-ray is done to see what sex it is."

Mr Jenkins said Belle took them by surprise this year as they didn't realise she was pregnant.

"We managed to collect them in time which was great," he said.

"If we didn't realise she had had them the male (Terry) would have gone in and ate them."

He said the park was part of a reptile swapping program with other zoos and the new hatchling would be going to live with one of the staff members.

"We keep them here until they are feeding well then off they go," Mr Jenkins said.

"A pair from last years clutch have gone off to the Darling Downs Zoo here in Queensland.

"They are waiting to go to Auckland. They spend about 90 days in quarantine here and another 90 or so in quarantine over there."

Mr Jenkins said the diet for a lace monitor consisted of small mice right up to whole chickens.

"Whole food is always best and when feeding the lizards we keep an eye on them as sometimes they may bite each other or get a little rough," he said.

He said he was passionate about reptiles are had been around them since he was about four years old.

FAST FACTS

Description: The lace monitor is a dark steel grey above with pale yellow or cream bands or rows of spots and cream underneath, it grows to 1.5 - 2m in length.

The jaws and snout are usually strongly barred. The toes are equipped with long, strong claws, which are used for climbing. The tongue is long and forked like a snake - monitors are the only lizards that have a forked tongue.

Habitat: The lace monitor lives in eastern Australian forests and coastal tablelands.

Diet: A broad and varied diet including birds, insects, bird eggs, reptiles and small mammals. Reproduction: Lace monitors lay between 6 to 12 eggs each year.

Topics:  goanna snakes downunder



Ergon is sweating on us to save power during heatwave

CLEAN UP: Make sure you clean your air-conditioner filters, says Ergon's Roslyn Baker.

Top tips to reduce power used by air-conditioners

Bushfire threat continues months longer than expected

Unseasonally hot and dry weather has firefighters on alert

More than 100 passengers affected by train derailment

A freight train has derailed at Raglan.

Emergency services respond to freight train accident

Local Partners

Wonder Woman a ‘disjointed disaster’, says DC insider

Gal Gadot in a scene from the movie Wonder Woman.

INSIDER says the much-hyped blockbuster will disappoint.

Kid nails Swift impersonation

Seven-year-old Xia Vigor nails Taylor Swift impersonation on the Philippine talent show Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids.

TAYLOR Swift has a seven-year-old doppelganger.

Ariana Grande 'hardest working 23-year-old on Earth'?

Ariana Grande

Not everyone was impressed with Grande’s self-proclaimed work ethic

Why The Walking Dead cast are paid a pittance

Despite massive ratings the cast haven't been shown the money

50 Shades Dornan on why he hates the film

Dornan and Johnson’s frequent sex scenes were ‘awkward’ to film. Picture: SuppliedSource:Supplied

Jamie Dornan doesn’t blame you for hating 50 Shades

Chris Hemsworth’s X-rated compliment to former co-star

Australian actor Chris Hemsworth poses on the red carpet for the European premiere of the film 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' in London on April 21, 2015.

THOR star once paid former Home and Away actress a lewd compliment.

Sunday auction for historical home

Former Catholic school sure to attract spirited bidding

Looking back, looking ahead in Noosa

NEVER-ENDING GLORY: Looking towards Laguna Bay and Hastings St from Noosa National Park.

Natural appeal of Noosa continues to attract buyers

Thousands of jobs part of $1b retirement village project

THIS YEAR: An artist impression of the new Aveo retirement village in Springfield.

Aveo Springfield unveiled this month, homes ready by July

KNIFE-EDGE: The housing tightrope we now face

Even the smallest interest rate rise will be hard for some to handle.

One if five home owners at risk, according to new analysis

'Difficult times': Rental prices tipped to increase in 2017

GREAT BUYS: There are some great rentals and houses to buy in South Gladstone. Head to gladstoneobserver.com.au for the top 10 homes under $100 to rent right now in the Gladstone region.

Investors may soon see a "profitable return” on properties.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!