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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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Butaan start to visit fruiting trees before they are large enough to swallow the fruits. They make repeat journeys to trees, perhaps to reinforce memory of the position of the tree. If the youngster survives it may continue to use this tree for many decades. Fruiting trees like this are a vital resource for entire populations of butaan. Learn more >

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The Butaan Project - Background and History
butaan2.jpgThe butaan was first described to science in 1845 from a juvenile specimen collected by Hugh Cuming. It was labelled only "Philippines". It was named Varanus grayi.  No other specimens came to light for over 120 years. In the 1970s Walter Auffenberg found another specimen with a location in Luzon, established that its correct scientific name was Varanus olivaceus, and undertook a 22 month study of the species based in Bicol. His study revealed that butaan occupy a unique ecological niche and have a lifestyle quite unlike any other monitor lizard. Auffenberg used local hunters with dogs to catch the animals. Of 126 butaan caught during his study, 116 animals were killed.


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