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REPTILES - PERENTIE

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(Varanus giganteus)

Perenties are the biggest monitor lizard in Australia, reaching lengths of 2 metres or more. Perenties display a forked tongue, long slender neck, flattened head, strong tail, powerful legs with 5 clawed toes and numerous sharp-curved backward-pointing teeth.

Habitat

Perenties can be found living in arid regions from Western Queensland to coastal Western Australia, usually around rocky hills and outcrops. They can also be seen finding shelter in burrows which they dig with their powerful front legs and claws. These shelters can be extensive and have several escape exits.

Diet

Perenties are very efficient predators. They forage widely on turtle eggs, insects, birds, other reptiles (including juvenile Perenties), mammals and carrion. On some of the islands they are often seen scavenging on the beaches for carrion, turtle eggs and almost anything that moves!

Breeding

The female Perentie will lay around six to twelve eggs in termite mounds where the activity of the insects provides constant warmth. The brightly coloured young will hatch around nine to three months later.

Display Status

On DisplayOur Amazing Perentie(s) are currently on display

Perentie Profiles

Esperence Penny

Threat Level

Least Concern

Least Concern


Perentie Profiles

Esperence

Esperence

Sex: Male

Esperence is one of our male sub-adult Perenties and was born here at the Zoo. He has been raised around plenty of people, making him a very friendly lizard. Esperence used to be a part of our Wandering Wildlife program but is too big now so he shares an enclosure with two younger Perenties. Perenties are carnivorous and Esperence's favourite time is feed time.


Penny

Penny enjoys some time in the sun.

Age: 14 Years (DOB 30/11/1999)

Sex: Female

Penny hatched at Australia Zoo in June 1996. She is a gorgeous Perentie who absolutely loves eating rats.

Penny lives on display at the Zoo with Pete, our male Perentie. Out of the two, Penny is the most dominant and she doesn't let Pete get away with anything.

Penny enjoys sun-baking, sun-baking and sleeping in the sun.