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August 18, 2019


A couple in Australia and their pet dog were attacked by a giant carnivorous lizard

(Thanks to Barry Nester)


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So? Happens here all the time with gators.

I didn't think this sort of thing was news in Australia. Just a normal day in the neighborhood.

The modern Goanna lizard is related to Megalania. Not a Broadway tribute to a 60s rock band, Megalania was a giant lizard that roamed the Australian continent as recently as just 50,000 years ago. Megalania grew as large as 23 feet in length, about the size of a large modern salt water crocodile. In geological time 50,000 years is like last week. There have been unconfirmed sightings of large lizards in Australia in modern times. Think about that the next time someone suggests a camping trip in the Outback.

Marc--That would be a great campfire scary story. I have lived in desert country most of my life and I once needed to invent a believable scary story.

The dry desert riverbeds were not always dry. Once this was a lush area, home to many creatures such as giant alligators. When the rivers went dry, some of these alligators evolved to breath air and tunnel beneath the sand searching for food. They come out mainly in the cool of night to hunt prey and haul it beneath the sand to devour. They usually eat wild animals or cattle, but they will sometimes take easy human prey, such as we have here...

Strangely, I seldom got asked back for story

Probably why there is no Australia Land at Epcot.

Right, Rod. Australia is full of weird things that can kill you.

That’s why there is only one country on the whole continent.

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