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SPOTTED MONITORS (or Panoptes)

NORTHERN YELLOW SPOTTED MONITOR
or Floodplain Goanna

Varanus panoptes panoptes
and the
DESERT SPOTTED MONITOR
Varanus panoptes rubidus


Yellow Spotted Monitors (Varanus panoptes) are often confused with the Sand Monitor (Varanus gouldii) and people often dispute the identity of some specimens.

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 believed to be 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)

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