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Barran the Lace Monitor   - 4th June 2018

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Barran the Lace Monitor

Age: Juvenile   Sex: Male   Weight: 130gms

Found: Barran the young lace monitor was found in a dog's mouth in Hervey Bay, Queensland with part of his tail missing.

Transported to: A volunteer group called Wildlife Rescue Fraser Coast kept the lizard safe and warm overnight, before transporting him to the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital for medical attention.

Veterinary Assessment: It was clear that Barran had suffered trauma injuries as part of his tail was missing and the remaining tip had become necrotic and lifeless. Whilst under general anaesthetic, Dr Wendy and her team injected local anaesthetic in a complete circle around the tail to numb the area, before removing the dead tissue.

Treatment: Dr Wendy administered a treatment of antibiotics and fluids to support Barran's recovery in the Reptiles Intensive Care Unit.

Outcome: In just three weeks, Barran was given a clean bill of health and was released back into the wild.

AZWH Fact: Barran is an example of a Bells Phase Lace Monitor, a naturally occurring colour variation with thick bands of colour instead of the "lace" (the speckles and fine stripes) on a more common lace monitor. This dominant mutation is more prone to predation because it is less camouflaging.



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