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Scientific Name: 
Varanus
Phylum: 
Chordata
Species class: 
Reptilia
Order: 
Squamata
Family: 
Varanidae
Genus: 
Varanus
Species: 
varius

Photo by Gary Ramage.

The lace monitor spends much of its time up trees foraging for birds, insects, bird eggs, reptiles and small mammals to eat. When the opportunity arises, they come to ground to gorge themselves on carrion such as road kill.
Lace monitors lay between 6 to 12 eggs each year. These are often laid in termite mounds, particularly those found in trees. The female excavates a hole on the side of the termite mound, lays the eggs and then leaves the termites to reseal the eggs inside the nest.

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