The biggest ones are the Yellow-spotted Goanas. They look pretty much like giant lizards with blocky heads, thick legs, and long tails, and walk with a curious sideways gait. They’re no danger to people, but goanas are the main predator of eggs and baby birds here. Eighty percent of baby Fairy-Wrens are eaten before they even leave the nest.
Sometimes a goana will be hiding in dry leaf litter or grass when I come walking along, and it will shoot out from under my feet at the last second with all kinds of noise. Mostly, though, they regard humans with a kind of impassive, aloof stare, and meander on their own business, perenially searching, probing, and shuffling along, eating whatever they can find – bugs, frogs, baby birds. Oh, to be a goana!