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Goanna scales building for best views of Bundaberg

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A gutsy goanna is reaching new heights to source food by scaling the walls of the Auswide Building in the CBD.

A gutsy goanna is reaching new heights to source food by scaling the walls of the Auswide building in the CBD.

It's no small feat for the lizard, with Bundaberg Regional Council staff capturing footage of the animal taking a rest on its way up to the roof of the six-storey building twice this week.

Staff have nicknamed their new friend Hugh and said they estimated it to be about 1.2 metres long.

Hugh's journey up the building features some of the best views of the region, with iconic landmarks such as the Post Office and Burnett Traffic Bridge also captured in the background of the photos.

Staff said the lizard climbs with ease, using a pole to navigate his way up and down the structure.

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A goanna climbing the walls of the six-storey Auswide building in search of food.

According to Bush Heritage, goannas are great climbers and will often try to get up high to capture their prey.

“Monitors eat just about anything they can catch and swallow whole,” the article states.

“Prey is dependent on the size of the goanna but includes insects, birds, eggs, small reptiles and mammals.”

Did you know:

  • There are 27 extant species of goannas in Australia
  • most are carnivorous
  • goannas are fast runners and will sprint short distances on their hind legs
  • goannas have venom glands similar to snakes

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