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This week’s reader photo of a Varanus panoptes (yellow spotted monitor) from mid-west Western Australia, was captured by Sophie Cross @squamataout. “Photographing this monitor was a real delight, even if it took a lot of patience, as it was exceptionally wary and spooked easily on seeing human movement,” says Sophie. “Typically after being spooked it would disappear down its burrow (under this concrete slab) for 10-15 minutes, before re-emerging. From there it was a patient waiting game of usually 20 minutes just with its head poked out, to anywhere up to an hour for being fully out the burrow.” To have your image feature on our IG feed, head to our website and upload your reader photo, or tag #ausgeo! #wildlifephotography #australia #monitor #australianwildlife #herpetology #yellowspottedmonitor

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Varanus rosenbergi image utilised for header photo

Varanus giganteus utilised for header photo

AZO Mining article

Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia 2018 Conference photography