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Monitor/GeckoVaranus varius

Lace Monitor at Nanima, NSW

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Varanus varius at Nanima, NSW - 26 Jan 2018
Varanus varius at Nanima, NSW - 26 Jan 2018

Identification history

Monitor/Gecko Varanus varius 2 Feb 2018 GeoffRobertson

Author's notes

The images, location and date were supplied by Sheridan Roberts and are approximate. Sheridan informs me the photos were taken by a neighbour and are of the same animal. GeoffR

5 comments

   2 Feb 2018
Geoff I know it is up a tree but I think this is a Rosenberg's, given the number of stripes on the tail
wombey wrote:
   2 Feb 2018
Michael, I too have had some difficulty with this animal. I initially said rosenbergi until I saw the additional image of the end of the tail. More like varius. This is an excellent example of the difficulty with id for some of these individuals and although I settled on varius I am happy to stand corrected if anyone else out there is prepared to comment.
   2 Feb 2018
Thanks John - given the paucity of local tree goanna records I'd be delighted to be wrong
   2 Feb 2018
Michael, as John knows, we checked this one and were told it is of a single animal. We also know that that Rosenberg's can and do climb trees.
WillO wrote:
   2 Feb 2018
Yes definitely a Lace Monitor and a great record. Notice the very broad white and dark sections of the tail towards the tail tip - Rosenbergs are double banded (narrow bands) all the way down. WillO

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Location information

Species information

  • Sensitive
  • Rare or uncommon Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 Abundance
  • 26 Jan 2018 Recorded on
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