AUSTRALIAN REPTILE PHOTOS AND INFORMATION
Covering Australian Snakes and Lizards, Crocodiles and Turtles
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SPOTTED MONITORS (or
NORTHERN YELLOW SPOTTED MONITOR
Varanus panoptes panoptes
DESERT SPOTTED MONITOR
Varanus panoptes rubidus
Yellow Spotted Monitors Varanus panoptes are often confused with the Sand Monitor Varanus gouldii
Northern Yellow Spotted Monitor, Varanus panoptes panoptes, Darwin area
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.
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
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
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by John Fowler
Updated March 12, 2019