Viral Photo: Australian Man Goes Outside, Spots Giant Goanna on Side of His House

December 4, 2015 Updated: December 4, 2015

An Australian man was stunned when he went outside and noticed a giant goanna chilling on the side of his house. 

Eric Holland says he got a “bloody big shock” when he spotted the creature scaling the side of his home in Thurgoona recently.

The retiree was tinkering in his shed when he looked up and saw the 4.9-foot (1.5-meter) creature clinging to the brick wall.

“I couldn’t have got a bigger shock if a Martian had landed,” he told 2UE.

“I just saw the claws on it and went holy cow, they had to be bloody 40mm long at least. He just hung on to the gaps in the brickwork as he climbed up and when I pressured him a little bit by getting closer, he just sort of abseiled around the front of the brickwork and dropped off at the front of the house.”

Holland says his heart was pounding the entire time.

Holland snapped a few pictures, and then went inside. When he came back out, the lace monitor was gone.

“My mates down here told me what you should if they take a run at you is lay down, because they like to climb things to get away from danger,” he noted.

“I don’t know what I’d do, I think I’d turn around and run as fast as I bloody could.”

Wildlife expert David Stewart told NPR that goannas are a type of monitor lizard that can grow up to 9 feet (2.7 meters).

Goannas are strong swimmers and able tree-climbers.


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