Scientific name: Varanus rosenbergi
Family: Varanidae
Order: Squamata
Status: Least Concern

Habitat and Distribution

Often live in areas of extreme heat during the day and freezing at night.

About the animal:

  • South Australia’s faunal emblem;
  • They are a burrowing marsupial which are powerful diggers;
  • They have a backward opening pouch;
  • Have poor eye sight but great hearing and smell;
  • Their rump is the size of a large dinner plate and is used as a form of protection and defence.

What they eat?

Generally only drinks when it rains. They have a low metabolic rate and will extract every last bit of nutrient and moisture from whatever they can ingest (normally native grasses).


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