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Dimensions7087 x 4724
Original file size12.8 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spaceAdobe RGB (1998)
Date modified18-Apr-12 13:39
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Camera makeNikon
Camera modelNikon COOLSCAN V ED
Mertens’ Water Monitor 2

Mertens’ Water Monitor 2

Mertens’ Water Monitor (Varanus mertensi) is found in coastal and inland water areas across much of northern Australia. It is a wide-ranging, active foraging, opportunistic predator of aquatic and riparian habitats, feeding both on land and in the water, mainly on fish, frogs and carrion. It has a good sense of smell and may dig up prey when foraging, including the eggs of freshwater turtles.