The Egg Thief

I wandered out onto the veranda this arvo as the chooks were making odd noises, and there on the driveway was a large (1.7m) Goanna. It scurried up the nearest tree (about 7m up the tree, roughly), and hung there keeping an eye on me as I snapped off a couple of shots.

I don't think he was successful today in stealing eggs, but he has been in the past.

View all photos taken: Friday, 2nd October 2009, This photo: 4:12pm

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  • looby88 said:
    Wow ! thats a beauty, good old chucks for alerting you , cant say I blame it, I like eggs too !
    It is kind of cute
  • David de Groot said:
    Oh yes I quite like Goanna's, although I'm always careful not to look like a tree when around them ;-)
    I don't begrudge it's egg habit, we have plenty, but at least now I know what was taking them.
  • looby88 said:
    Lol ! Is there any chance one would run up you ? I expect a weeny, weeny one might be okay but this is a big chap/ess !
  • Adam Randell said:
    One well fed goanna mate!! Farm fresh eggs are the best too!!
  • metalsnowski said:
    great shot
  • David de Groot said:
    Well I'd not want to find out - very large sharp claws! ;-)
    Indeed! We're missing one of the neighbours chooks (that we're chook-sitting at the moment), and I'm beginning to wonder if goannas could take a chook...
    Thanks :)
  • teejaybee said:
    heh they will certainly try!
    Cheeky bugger!
  • David de Groot said:
    Indeed ;-)
  • looby88 said:
    Impressive reptile, ta to teejaybee for the video : )
  • David de Groot said:
    Indeed it is :)
    See unlike England who killed all it's dragons as some form of chivalry, we still have a good supply of them ;-)
  • looby88 said:
    LOL !!!!!
    perhaps we could have a few crated over ! Some people are very keen to re-introduce all our killed off former wildlife, so we have wolf enthusiasts, moose .. or is it elk fans. We already have a thriving populations of wild boar in various areas now, beavers are back- but still enclosed ( at present !! ) The boar were not supposed to get out either..
    lets go the whole hog ( pun intended ) and get ourselves some bear, rhino etc etc, whats a few goannas added into the mix going to matter !
    This country is crackers
  • maasha said:
    Lace Monitor, Varanus varius IIRC
  • [ Kane ] said:
    Little bugger, well caught!
  • David de Groot said:
    hehehe It's not such a bad plan really, with all those wild animals running about, there's more likelihood the people watching your myriad of surveillance cameras will be distracted by the animals and the British people might actually get some privacy back.
  • David de Groot said:
    Yes indeed. I tend to use the generic term of goanna as it's shorter to type ;-)
    'twas in the dog yard yesterday apparently!