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Varanus semiremex Print E-mail
The rusty goanna is a very poorly known monitor lizard from the northern coast of Australia. It appears to be restricted to the eastern coast of Queensland where it is found in mangrove swamps, on coasts and along freshwater streams and swamps (Cogger 1981). Mertens (1958) records them from Woodstock and Coquet Island off Queensland.
Varanus scalaris Print E-mail
ImageThis goanna was originally described as a subspecies of V.timorensis (i.e. V.timorensis scalaris). A year after Mertens recognised it as a separate species (1957a) he considered that the differences between similis and scalaris were too slight to warrant use of scalaris as a specific name (Mertens 1958).
Varanus salvator Print E-mail
ImageThe water monitor is one of the largest and most widespread of  the monitor lizards. It is of greater economic importance than any other varanid and millions are killed each year for their meat and skins. Despite this heavy collecting water monitors are still very common in many areas, although in India numbers have dwindled severely in the last 150 years.
Varanus salvadorii Print E-mail
ImageSalvadori's monitor is one of the world's most magnificent animals. Often cited as being "the longest lizard in the world" virtually nothing is known of its ecology and the species remains one of the world's greatest zoological enigmas.
Varanus rudicollis Print E-mail
ImageThe rough-necked monitor is one of the most fascinating varanids. It is also among the most poorly studied of the Asian species. This ancient-looking creature, very aptly described by Georg Horn as reminiscent of "a black knight from the Middle Ages", is very rarely seen in the wild, but whether this is on account of its rarity...
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butaan1.jpgButaan are so shy they frequently remain in a tree for more than a week after being frightened. A large male we rescued from a trap hid in a tree for 22 days before coming down!* . Most lizards do not appear traumatised by being caught and released by scientists, and resume normal activity very quickly. But we think that butaan, especially older individuals, may permanently alter their activity areas after such an encounter. Because the animals are so shy, and highly vulnerable to human disturbance, we have had to develop a range of techniques that allow us to learn about them with the absolute minimum of interference.





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