AUSTRALIAN REPTILE PHOTOS, DISTRIBUTION MAPS AND INFORMATION
Covering Snakes and Lizards, Crocodiles and Turtles, including Colubrid snakes, Pythons, Elapids (called Cobras or Coral Snakes in some countries), Sea Snakes, File Snakes, Blind (or Worm) Snakes, Sea Turtles, Freshwater Turtles (or Tortoises) Dragon Lizards (Agamas), Gecko's, Legless Lizards, Monitor Lizards (often called Goanna's in Australia), Skinks and Crocodilia.
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SPOTTED MONITORS (or
NORTHERN YELLOW SPOTTED MONITOR
Varanus panoptes panoptes
DESERT SPOTTED MONITOR
Varanus panoptes rubidus
Northern Yellow Spotted Monitor, Varanus panoptes panoptes, Darwin area
The Desert Spotted Monitor Varanus panoptes rubidus may have a solid yellow tail tip like Sand Monitor Varanus gouldii whereas Varanus panoptes panoptes usually has a banded yellowish tail tip.
The picture above was taken on the side of the Stuart Highway North of Katherine
This Northern Yellow Spotted Monitor Varanus panoptes panoptes allowed me to approach close enough to take this picture
before running away.
Spotted Monitors Varanus panoptes often stand on their back legs!
These monitors were found dead on the road north of Katherine NT and show
one of the problems with grabbing a meal on the roadway.
Both are Northern Yellow Spotted Monitors Varanus panoptes panoptes
Updated June 23, 2018