A way to deter Goannas?
Large Goanna Lizard
Is there anything I can do to keep Goannas away from our campsite? We have a child under two and are worried about the Goannas that hang around our campsite when we go on holidays.
We camp at Bribie Island QLD. We tend to have anywhere from 4 to 8, and they are very large goannas! They carry on about their business as if we weren't even there! They are not scared of us at all!
We are very careful about food and rubbish, too. We don't want to hurt them in any way but it's hard to relax with them around. I was hoping you might have some sort of miracle scent or something that might deter them.
Response to: A way to deter Goannas?
I understand your predicament. We had a couple of big goannas at the sugar mill in Kununurra where I used to work. They'd strut around as if they owned the place, and they hissed at us whenever we crossed their path!
And I know how big the buggers can get! (They never worried me, but I'm a bit bigger than your two year old.)
I don't think that you really need to be concerned, but I do understand that you can't relax.
I'm sorry, but I don't have any suggestions, and certainly no miracle scent. Once animals are that used to humans it's hard to come up with something that would impress them. They've seen and heard it all ...
Maybe another reader has any suggestions? Please chime in via the comments if you do!
(And for overseas readers, who wonder what the heck we are talking about, here is the page about goannas / monitor lizards
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