Article: A noble creature - Varanus panoptes: What an amazing creature this is.

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Image A noble creature - Varanus panoptes
By tropicbreeze on August 8, 2011

Varanus panoptes is a relatively large Goanna, or Monitor, that occupies much of tropical and near-tropical Australia. I had the priviledge of sharing my place with them, until the Cane Toads arrived that is. I'd like to share some of my photographic memories of them.

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ImageZanymuse
Aug 8, 2011 10:51 AM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
It seems that when man decides to intervene with nature, the result is usually disastrous for both plant and beast populations. It makes me wonder how we have remained at the top of the food chain!
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Imagedahlianut
Aug 8, 2011 2:22 PM CST
Name: Dahlianut
Calgary, AB Zone 3a
They way they stand up to check things out, maybe they look like an Aussie version of a prairie gopher Smiling It's sad about the toads; I hope they evolve to adapt to another diet.
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Imagestarlight1153
Aug 8, 2011 4:11 PM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
AL.
So glad to see you wrote another article. I love coming and seeing the photos and learning about the different wildlife in your area.

Thanks for the enlightenment. Thumbs up Hopefully with time they will come back and flourish for you again.
Imagefirefly
Aug 9, 2011 4:44 AM CST
Name: Christine
Mid Michigan
Love the pictures of your friends. In the picture they look like small lizards. I cannot imagine them that long! Their curiosity make them endearing. Hope they will adapt and come back. Nature seems to find a way.

Your wildlife and plants are so wonderful. I would still be on your walkabout taking pictures and looking at plants Rolling on the floor laughing
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ImageSharon
Aug 9, 2011 4:22 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
Great article, Zig.
Thanks again.
ImageKyWoods
Aug 10, 2011 8:50 PM CST
Name: Renée
Northern KY
What fun that they would follow you around the garden! They sound like my kitties, including the digging-up-plants part. Grumbling
I would miss them, too. How did the cane toads get there? People brought them in from somewhere else?
tropicbreeze
Aug 11, 2011 7:53 AM CST
Brenda, myopia seems to be the natural state of man.

Dahlianut, they do have a range of prey, but frogs are part of it. They need to learn to differentiate between frogs and toads.

Starlight1153, thanks, I'm sure hoping they'll recover, and within my lifetime.

Christine, you'd always be welcome on the walkabouts, there's a lot to see out there.

Sharon, thanks.

Renée, it was the smaller one following me around. Cute, but not something you can just pick up and pet. They're still very much wild animals, only they've got accustomed having people around. Cane Toads were brought from Hawaii in the 1930's to control Cane Beetles which were a problem on sugar cane. They were brought to Hawaii before that from Central America for the same reason.
ImageKyWoods
Aug 11, 2011 10:15 AM CST
Name: Renée
Northern KY
Interesting, thanks! I didn't catch that fact when I was stationed in Hawaii. There are a lot of things I learn about the place, now that I'm no longer there, lol.
ImageMaridell
Aug 12, 2011 7:32 AM CST
Name: Maridell
Sioux City IA
enjoy the moment
I always enjoy your articles. Thank you!

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