Varanus giganteus (perentie): Arboreal activity

Kari F. Soennichsen, Brett Bartek, Cody Davis Godwin, Simon Clulow, David Rhind, Christopher J L Murray, Jean Sean Doody

Research output: Contribution to journalShort Survey/Scientific Reportpeer-review


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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)794-796
Number of pages3
JournalHerpetolgiocal Review
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes


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