Varanus giganteus is considered the terrestrial apex predator in arid Australia (Jones 1985. Rec. Aus. Mus. 12:379–387; Pianka 1982. W. Austral. Nat. 15:1–8; Stirling 1912. Trans. Roy. Soc. Aus. 36:26–33). The only previously recorded reports of tree climbing involved avoidance behavior from humans (Mertens 1942. Abh. Senckb. Naturforsch. Ges. 462:235–391; Horn and Visser 1988. Salamandra 24:102–118). However, in five months of radio-tracking V. giganteus in Central Australia, we made numerous observations of tree climbing not associated with the human approach, suggesting this behavior may be common.
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|Publication status||Published - 2019|