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Spiny-tailed Monitor

Spiny-tailed monitor is a member of the ‘monitor lizard’ genus native to Australia.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Family Varanidae
    Genus Varanus
    Subgenus Odatria
    Species V. acanthurus
    Scientific Name Varanus acanthurus

    Other Names Ridge-tailed monitor, Ackies dwarf monitor
    Length Up to 70 cm (27 inches)
    Coloration Dark brown base painted with bright-yellowish to cream spots
    Distribution Northern western Australia as well as in the eastern to northeastern parts of Queensland
    Habitat Arid rocky ranges and outcrops
    Diet Insects, sometimes rodents
    Clutch Size Up to 18 eggs
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    IUCN Conservation Status Not evaluated’

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    Published on February 2nd 2017 by under Lizards. Article was last reviewed on 13th June 2019.

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