Scientific name: Varanus tristis
Family: Varanidae
Order: Squamata
Status: Least Concern

Habitat and Distribution

Moderately common in the jarrah forest and granite outcrops in the Darling Range. Commonly found in roofs of houses.

About the animal:

  • A moderately large slender monitor with depressed head and long tail;
  • Colourations vary with age and locality;
  • Southern monitors are grey as juveniles and go more black as they mature;
  • Total adult length is about 80cm;
  • Very alert and agile climbing monitor;
  • If approached it races to a familiar place;
  • Lays eggs.

What they eat?

Feeds on birds, eggs, frogs, lizards and insects.


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