It turned out that the family from Eumundi had discovered a lace monitor lizard taking refuge in a kitchen cranny. Recognizing the scale of the scaly problem, they had sensibly made a call to the local pest control people. Lace monitors are the second-biggest monitor lizard to be found in Australia. The reptiles can grow to more than a whopping six feet in length and weigh a hefty 44 pounds.
Lace monitors mostly live in dense forests or more open woodland, but the problem is they love to forage. As a consequence, the lizards like to frequent populated areas, where discarded garbage and unguarded chicken coops provide easy pickings. Given their size, the roving reptiles are perfectly capable of taking down small mammals. With this in mind, they hardly constitute the ideal houseguest – especially in a home with small children.