Vale Larry!

Larry was the resident sand monitor who lived at the back of the lodge at Sal Salis. 

Sand monitors also known as Gould’s monitor, reach up to 1.4 metres in length and can weigh as much as 6kg.  They spend all day foraging for food and anything smaller than itself will be eagerly devoured. 

Sadly Larry, found himself at the bottom of the food chain yesterday.

A Perentie appeared around the camp, no doubt attracted by the turtle nesting that is taking place at the moment but spotted Larry instead. 

The Perentie is the largest monitor lizard or goanna native to Australia, and the fourth largest lizard in the world! They can grow up to 2.5 metres and can weigh as much as 15kg.  They eat insects, reptiles (including their own kind), turtle eggs, bird eggs, birds and yesterday, Larry.