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Father, Son and Goanna

Father, son and goanna

Hey everyone, since its been a long time since I posted I’m giving you an extra bonus picture of the day post. This was taken at our rented holiday house at  D’Estree’s Bay on Kangaroo Island. It depicts one of those special moments that happen between fathers and their sons and a random squamate.

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  1. February 12, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    I’ll see your son-and-varanid picture, and I’ll raise you a son-and-varanid picture!
    http://svpow.files.wordpress.com/2009/08/charlie-with-jonno.jpeg
    Mine was dead, though. (The varanid, not the son.)

    Anyway — welcome back!

  2. February 14, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Thanks Mike,

    Even though dead, that was an impressive looking Varanus. The example I was holding actually wasn’t so far behind yours in terms of lifespan left. It was a weak elderly individual that was largely blind and only seemed to survive because holiday makers felt sorry for it and fed it a lot. I would not casually hold a healthy Varanus of that size – those claws can really hurt!

  3. June 10, 2010 at 6:30 am

    Wow, an impressive Varanus, even if weak. Is this something that paleontologist parents do to their offspring … expose them to large reptiles? =) Oh, when we were in Alabama last summer for vacation, my daughter raced to be the first to hold a baby alligator.

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