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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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Varanus bitatawa

Varanus bitatawa is the third species of  monitor lizard to be recognised by science that belongs to the "Pandan Biawak" group,  all of which are of at least as great a conservation concern as the Komodo dragon, but receive virtually none of the attention. Pandan Biawak occur only in lowland dipterocarp forest. The first species (Varanus olivaceus or Butaan) was discovered in 1845 and not seen alive by a scientist until the late 1970s. The next species (Varanus mabitang or Mabitang) was discovered in 2001 and in 2010 Varanus bitatawa (Butikaw or Bitatawa) was described. Other species of frugivorous monitor lizards may remain undescribed, but many may have  gone extinct without ever having been recognised.

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