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Zoology: what is the difference between a perentie and a goanna?

Question #142514. Asked by chabenao1.
Last updated Apr 21 2016.
Originally posted Apr 21 2016 11:34 AM.

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Lace Monitor (Varanus varius)

Scientific classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Scleroglossa
Family: Varanidae
Genus: Varanus in part
Species : A goanna is any of several Australian monitor lizards of the genus Varanus, as well as certain species from Southeast Asia.
Around 30 species of goanna are known, 25 of which are found in Australia.

The perentie (or perente) (Varanus giganteus) is the largest monitor lizard or goanna native to Australia, and the fourth-largest living lizard on earth, after the Komodo dragon, Asian water monitor, and the crocodile monitor.

Apr 21 2016, 1:41 PM
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