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

Pythons Elapid Snakes Sea Snakes File Snakes Blind Snakes Turtles Dragon Lizards 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 Varanus panoptes 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


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