THE REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA

AUSTRALIAN REPTILE PHOTOS AND INFORMATION
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COLUBRID SNAKES - Colubridae Homalopsidae Mud Snakes

PYTHON SNAKES - Pythonidae

ELAPID SNAKES - Elapidae Cobras Coral Snakes

SEA SNAKES - Hydrophiinae Laticaudidae Sea Kraits

FILE SNAKES - Acrochordidae

BLIND SNAKES - Worm Snakes - Typhlopidae Ramphotyphlops

TURTLES Tortoises Chelonii Testudines

DRAGON LIZARDS Agamas Agamidae

GECKO LIZARDS Gekkonidae

LEGLESS LIZARDS Pygopodidae Pygopods

MONITOR LIZARDS Goannas Varanids Varanidae

SKINK LIZARDS Scincidae

CROCODILES Crocodylia Crocodilia Saltwater freshwater estuarine

SPOTTED MONITORS (or Panoptes)

NORTHERN YELLOW SPOTTED MONITOR
or
Floodplain Goanna

Varanus panoptes panoptes
and
DESERT SPOTTED MONITOR
Varanus panoptes rubidus


Yellow Spotted Monitors Varanus panoptes are often confused with the Sand Monitor Varanus gouldii

Northern Yellow Spotted Monitors Varanus panoptes panoptes
Northern Yellow Spotted Monitor, Varanus panoptes panoptes, Darwin area

Approximate Distribution of Yellow Spotted Monitors Varanus panoptes
Approximate Distribution of Yellow Spotted Monitors Varanus panoptes

| Note that a 3rd subspecies called the Argus monitor Varanus panoptes horni is found in New Guinea

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.

 

Northern Yellow Spotted Monitors Varanus panoptes panoptes
The picture above was taken on the side of the Stuart Highway North of Katherine NT.
This Northern Yellow Spotted Monitor Varanus panoptes panoptes allowed me to approach close enough to take this picture before running away.

 

YELLOW SPOTTED MONITOR Varanus panoptes
Spotted Monitors Varanus panoptes often stand on their back legs!

Northern Yellow Spotted Monitors Varanus panoptes panoptes
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

Goanna Warning Sign
This sign was at a reserve in Port Macquarie, NSW - the Goanna in the picture is a Spotted Monitor Varanus panoptes, however that species does not occur in NSW. The monitors in that area that can be a problem are Lace Monitors Varanus varius

LINKS OF INTEREST

Monitors of the World
by John Fowler

Click here for a complete list of Australian Monitors

Click here for more information about Australian Monitors

Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia 7th Edition.jpg A Complete Guide to Reptiles of Australia 5th edition Edition

OTHER LINKS

Find a Random species of Australian Reptile

Visit the Australian Herpetology Website

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Updated March 12, 2019

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