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Varanus keithhorni Print E-mail

Blue-nosed goanna

Extract from A Little Book of Monitor Lizards © D. Bennett 1995. Viper Press, UK

Varanus keithhorni

Varanus teriae was described from animals previously assigned to V.prasinus by Czerchura (1980). It is believed to have a very restricted range of possibly less than 100km2 in the Iron and McIlwraith ranges of the Cape York Peninsular in Queensland (McDonald et al 1991). It is more heavily built than other monitors of the prasinus group and is distinguished by its conical throat scales and unusual pattern. A colour drawing is provided by Sprackland (1992). Near the Claudie River they have been seen foraging in leaf litter and on trees and are known to feed on insects (orthopterans, roaches and beetles - Irwin 1994).

 



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butaan7.jpgWe use feces to investigate diet and activity areas of butaan. In total we have examined more than 1500 samples, possibly the largest ever collected for a single population of reptiles.  Butaan and their relatives are huge specialised frugivores, much bigger than any other specialised frugivorous animal in  the Philippines. They need a constant supply of fruit but lack the wings that allow other frugivores to forage in different forest fragments. Large and immobile, the butaan depends on a very narrow range of foods.

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