- Eric Holland was walking out of the shed of his Thurgoona house in NSW
- The 1.5 metre Monitor Lizard approached and reared up on its hind legs
- Mr Holland snapped the fully grown goanna scaling the side of his house
Eric Holland snapped this 1.5 metre Monitor Lizarwhile it was scaling the side of his Thurgoona property
Eric Holland thought he was goanna faint when he found himself face to face with a 1.5 metre lizard.
The 80-year-old was on his way out of his shed when the fully grown Lace Monitor Lizard came up beside him, reared up on its hind legs and stared him down.
The ex-maintenance worker fled inside his Thurgoona house in southern NSW - but the encounter with the giant reptile was not over yet.
'I was just going outside to have a stretch when he waddled up to me and reared up. If it was a Martian I wouldn't have had a bigger shock,' Mr Holland told Daily Mail Australia.
Fearing he would be scratched or bitten by the cold blooded trespasser - which carries a venomous bacteria in its mouth – Mr Holland retreated indoors.
And he thought the brush with the predatory lizard was over until he heard a loud banging noise from the side of the house.
'I instinctively decided to go out with a camera. I couldn't believe what I saw when I got out there: it had scaled onto the side of his home, and it was wagging its tail against the drain pipe.'
Mr Holland has lived in the neighbourhood for 18-years but said he has never seen a Monitor Lizard that big
Lace Monitors can grow up to two metres long and weigh up to 20 kilograms, and they are native to eastern Australia
Mr Holland managed to capture an image of the goanna before it absconded through the garden.
'I have lived here for 18-years but I have never seen a lizard that big before. It was huge!'
Lace Monitors can grow up to two metres long and weigh up to 20 kilograms, and they are native to eastern Australia.