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ROSENBERG'S (or HEATH) MONITOR
Varanus rosenbergi

Rosenberg's/Heath Monitor Varanus rosenbergi

A Rosenberg's/Heath Monitor (Varanus rosenbergi) from southeastern SA

 Approximate distribution of the Rosenberg's/Heath Monitor Varanus rosenbergi
Approximate distribution of the Rosenberg's/Heath Monitor (Varanus rosenbergi)

Rosenberg's/Heath Monitor Varanus rosenbergi
A yearling Rosenberg's/Heath Monitor (Varanus rosenbergi) from NSW east coast.



Rosenberg's/Heath Monitor Varanus rosenbergi
A hatchling Rosenberg's/Heath Monitor (Varanus rosenbergi) from Kangaroo Island, SA

Rosenberg's/Heath Monitor Varanus rosenbergi
A hatchling Rosenberg's/Heath Monitor (Varanus rosenbergi) from Kangaroo Island, SA

Rosenberg's/Heath Monitor Varanus rosenbergi
A young Rosenberg's/Heath Monitor (Varanus rosenbergi) at the Adelaide Zoo, South Australia.

This large species lays up to about a dozen eggs normally in termite mounds. Occasionally bred in captivity, it grows to over a metre (total length).

In some parts of its range it is rarely seen, however in other parts such as Kangaroo Island in South Australia it is extremely common. Wild Rosenberg's/Heath Monitors (Varanus rosenbergi) tend to be more aggressive if handled than the common Sand Goannas, (Varanus gouldii) and wild animals are more likely to bite if handled. It is often confused with Varanus varius (Lace Monitor) and Varanus gouldii (Sand Goanna) and is often found in sandy areas. It is more arboreal than the Sand Goanna but does dig burrows. Varanus Rosenberg's/Heath Monitor (Varanus rosenbergi) used to be called Varanus gouldii rosenbergi and in the Sydney NSW region used to be referred to a "Sydney Gould's"


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