Varanus similis
Spotted tree goanna

Varanus similis  Mertens 1958

Differences between this goanna and V.scalaris have been outlined above. Bohme (1988) considered V.similis to be "probably a valid species" on the basis of its hemipenal morphology. Unfortunately he makes no reference to V.scalaris.

This monitor was previously known as Varanus timorensis similis. It is found in northern Australia and the south of New Guinea (the Western Province of Papua and the adjacent part of Irian Jaya (Whitaker et al 1982; Brandenberg 1983)). Because nothing is known of the lifestyle of the animals in New Guinea and very few publications distinguish the Australian races from V.scalaris, this animal is discussed under V.scalaris. Captive care and breeding is reported by Peters (1968), Schmida (1971), Ruegg (1974), Chippindale (1991) and Lambertz (1993,1994).