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Black-Headed Monitor

Yoondarn are a small goanna and will visit a wildlife garden during their travels across the urban landscape.

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Noongar Name: Yoondarn

Scientific Name: Varanus tristis

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Threats: Habitat loss and predation by cats and foxes

Will they visit?: Gould’s Monitors are known to traverse through home gardens located near large reserves and intact bushlands

Natural Distribution: Common and widespread throughout the South West and Perth region

Habitat at a Glance

See Habitat Guide for more detail

Shelter: Hollows in large trees, large logs, burrows and large rocks

Diet: Birds, reptiles, frogs, and mammals

Water: Shallow dish or large ponds

ReWild Benefit: Pest control

ReWild Benefits

Black-Headed Monitors are predators and are a sign the ecosystem is working well. Have you seen one in your garden or neighbourhood? You can record your sighting in the the Atlas of Living Australia!

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