Gould’s Monitor


Common Name: Gould’s Monitor
Scientific Name: Varanus gouldii gouldii
Family: Varanidae (Monitors)
Genus: Varanus
Status: Secure – Category 5
Size: TL 1200 – 1600mm

—— Description ——
Moderate to large variably patterned monitor with long laterally compressed tail. Three major forms occur, varying in size and colouration. These tend to intergrade in several areas. Two poorly diagnosed subspecies recognised. TL to 1.65 m. V. g. gouldii: (Gray, 1838) Ground colour dark brown to almost black, densely to sparsely flecked or spotted with reddish brown, yellow to white. Larger pale spots, ocelli or clusters of dots form transverse rows (leaving variable amounts of ground colour) between neck and base of tail. Head ground colour, lacking pattern above and variably spotted with yellow to white on sides. Prominent pale-edged dark stripe extends from eye onto neck. Limbs ground colour bearing large (often dark- edged) pale spots. Tail marked with narrow pale bands.

—— Preferred Habitat ——
Widespread throughout sub-humid to arid areas of all mainland States. Occurs in virtually all open habitat types, favouring sandy soils. Northern form occurs in tropical woodlands of far north. V. g. flavirufus occupies arid interior to north-west coast. V. g. gouldii occupies remainder of range.

—— Micro Habitat ——
Terrestrial. Excavates sloping burrow, with expanded terminal cavity, at base of low vegetation. Several burrows may provide shelter for one individual.

The following equipment is needed for this reptile:

  • An adequately sized Reptile Vivarium.
  • A suitable heating source, ie: Heat Element, Heat Mat, Heat Cord and Heat Lamp.
  • Adequate lighting, ie: UVA – UVB.
  • Water Bowl.
  • Other optional products are also available to ensure total comfort for your reptile.