THE REPTILES OF AUSTRALIA

AUSTRALIAN REPTILE PHOTOS AND INFORMATION
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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

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


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 Black-headed monitor (Varanus tristis tristis) 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 Varanus tristis tristis from western NSW

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


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

BLACK HEADED MONITOR Varanus tristis tristis
Adult Black-headed monitor Varanus tristis tristis

OTHER LINKS OF INTEREST

Click here for a complete list of Australian Monitors (Goannas)

Monitors of the World
by John Fowler

Australian Monitor Lizards
by John Fowler

Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia 7th Edition.jpg A Complete Guide to Reptiles of Australia 5th edition Edition

OTHER LINKS

Find a Random species of Australian Reptile

Visit the Australian Herpetology Website

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