THE REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA

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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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

 

Colubrids & Mud Snakes

Pythons

 

 

Elapid Snakes

 

Sea Snakes

 

File Snakes

 

Blind Snakes

 

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

Turtles Tortoises

Dragons Agamas

Geckos

 

Legless Lizards

Monitor Lizards

Skinks

 

Crocodiles

 

SPOTTED MONITORS (or Panoptes)

NORTHERN YELLOW SPOTTED MONITOR
or
Floodplain Goanna



Varanus panoptes panoptes

and

DESERT SPOTTED MONITOR
Varanus panoptes rubidus

This species is often confused with the sand monitor Sand Monitor Varanus gouldii

YELLOW SPOTTED MONITOR Varanus panoptes
Northern yellow spotted monitor, Varanus panoptes panoptes, Darwin area

|YELLOW SPOTTED MONITOR (or Panoptes) Varanus panoptes panoptes and Varanus panoptes rubidus map


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.

 

 

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

 

YELLOW SPOTTED MONITOR Varanus panoptes on road
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


LINKS OF INTEREST

MONITORS OF THE WORLD
by John Fowler

AUSTRALIAN MONITOR LIZARDS
by John Fowler


Click here for a complete list of Australian Monitors


Click here for more information about Australian Monitors

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