Australia / Video / Wildlife

The Perentie

7 Oct ’17

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I’ve been lucky to encounter 2 Perenties (Varanus giganteus) in the past 3 months. One during a bird survey on the Oodnadatta track (South Australia) and one more recently in western outback Queensland. They are the largest lizard in Australia and the 4th largest in the world.

Both times I was amazed by their slow and confident demeanor, especially for an animal that can sprint at 40km/h when threatened!



So watch out when you are driving in the outback, you might just encounter one of them (Or if you are not patient just fly to Barrow Island) !!


Gear: All videos & photos were shot on the Canon EOS M5 with the EF adaptor and the 10-18mm lens and the 70-300 L IS USM lens. The aerial shot was done with a DJI Mavic.

Extra Perentie Clip:

Happy World Lizard Day from this Perentie (varanus giganteus) ! A short video showcasing the largest monitor lizard native to Australia (they can be around 2-2.5m!!) , and the fourth-largest living lizard on earth. Slowly walking side by side with perenties you can feel their power and confidence. I always feel privileged when I get to document encounters like these, wildlife in their natural environment. Link in bio for more Perentie videos and photos. Shot on the Oodanadatta Track in South Australia with the @canonaustralia EOS M5. #worldlizardday #perentie #ausgeo #lizard #1frame4nature #outback @australia #australia #canonaustralia #exclusive_animals #allnatureshots #magic_shots #marvelshots #majestic_wildlife #natgeowild  #WildGeography #earthcapture #natureaddict @unbiodiversity @terrax

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Nicolas Rakotopare

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