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RIDGE-TAILED MONITOR
or

SPINY-TAILED GOANNA
Varanus acanthurus

There are 3 Subspecies

COMMON NAME

SCIENTIFIC NAME

DISTRIBUTION

Northwestern Ridge-Tailed Monitor

Varanus acanthurus acanthurus

WA, NT (northwest coast of Australia.)

Common Ridge-tailed Monitor

Varanus acanthurus brachyurus

WA, NT, Qld , (found on the mainland where Varanus acanthurus acanthurus does not occur

Island Ridge-Tailed Monitor

Varanus acanthurus insulanicus

NT (Groote Eylandt and Wessel (Marchinbar) Islands , Gulf of Carpentaria)

Common Ridge-tailed Monitor Varanus acanthurus brachyurus
Common Ridge-tailed Monitor (Varanus acanthurus brachyurus) photographed at Rodbaston Animal Zone UK

RIDGE-TAILED MONITOR Varanus acanthurus map
Approximate distribution of the Ridge-tailed Monitor (Varanus acanthurus)

RIDGE-TAILED MONITOR Varanus acanthurus
This specimen of Common Ridge-tailed Monitor (Varanus acanthurus brachyurus) is from Mt. Isa, Queensland.


RIDGE-TAILED MONITOR Varanus acanthurus  
Common Ridge-tailed Monitor (Varanus acanthurus brachyurus)

Common Ridge-tailed Monitor Varanus acanthurus brachyurus
Common Ridge-tailed Monitor (Varanus acanthurus brachyurus) Dolittles Pet Shop, Wolverhampton, UK

RIDGE-TAILED MONITOR Varanus acanthurus
Common Ridge-tailed Monitor (Varanus acanthurus brachyurus)

This species is similar to the Lemon-throated Monitor (Varanus baritji )


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