AUSTRALIAN REPTILE PHOTOS AND INFORMATION
Covering Australian Snakes and Lizards, Crocodiles and Turtles
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BLACK-TAILED MONITORS Varanus tristis
(There are 2 sub-species of Varanus tristis)
BLACK-HEADED MONITOR Varanus trististristis
FRECKLED MONITOR Varanus tristisorientalis
Adult Black-headed Monitor (Varanus tristis tristis) above from NT
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.
Black-headed Monitor (Varanus tristis tristis) from western NSW
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)
Young Black-headed Monitors (Varanus tristis tristis) do not have a dark head
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