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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BLACK-TAILED MONITORS
Varanus tristis

(There are 2 sub-species)

BLACK-HEADED MONITOR
Varanus tristis tristis
and
FRECKLED MONITOR
Varanus tristis orientalis

BLACK HEADED MONITOR Varanus tristis tristis
Adult specimen above from NT

  BLACK HEADED MONITOR Varanus tristis map
Map shows distribution of the Black-headed monitor (Varanus tristis tristis) which occurs inland and in the West of Australia as well as the Freckled monitor (Varanus tristis orientalis) which lacks the black head as an adult, from Northern and Eastern Australia

Note that Black headed monitors from South Western Australia may be totally black.
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BLACK HEADED MONITOR Varanus tristis tristis
Black-headed monitor from western NSW



Black-headed monitor juvenile
This young Black-headed monitor from Alice Springs NT has not developed a dark head yet and resembles a freckled monitor


BLACK HEADED MONITOR Varanus tristis tristis
Young Black-headed monitors do not have a dark head

BLACK HEADED MONITOR Varanus tristis tristis
Adult Black-headed monitor

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