The Heath Monitor,
also known as Rosenberg’s Goanna, is among the rarest reptiles in the Sydney
Basin region, being more commonly found in south-western Australia. Slightly
smaller than the Lace monitor, it can be distinguished from its near relative by the absence of cream-coloured
bars on the lips, chin and forelimbs.
The forelimbs tend to be spotty rather than striped. Like
the Lace monitor, it will usually lay eggs in the side of a termite mound,
relying on the termites to cover the eggs when they repair their damaged nest.
“preserved” specimen of a Heath monitor is on display in Katandra’s Yurt (pictured right) – a
road-kill specimen that was found nearby. Other live individuals have been
sighted within the Sanctuary.