Ridge-tailed Monitor


Common Name: Ridge-tailed Monitor
Scientific Name: Varanus acanthurus acanthurus
Family: Varanidae (Monitors)
Genus: Varanus
Status: Secure – Category 4
Size: TL 630mm

—— Description ——
Three subspecies recognised. V. a. acanthurus (Boulenger, 1885) Medium-sized robust monitor with thick, strongly spinose tail; depressed at base and round to triangular in cross-section distally. Ground colour black, dark brown to dull or rich reddish brown, often paler on vertebral region. Pattern usually prominent throughout most of range, becoming obscure and flushed with red south-westwards. Numerous transverse rows of pale reddish, yellow to cream ocelli extend over back, flanks and occasionally top of neck. Broad pale-edged dark reddish brown to black stripe extends from snout through eye to forelimb.

—— Preferred Habitat ——
Subhumid to arid north-western two-thirds of Australia. Favours hard soils and rocky areas supporting woodlands and shrub lands with dominant ground cover of tussock or hummock grasses. V. a. insulanicus is known only from islands of north-western NT., including Groote Eylandt, and Guluwuru and Marchinbar Islands in the Wessel Group. V. a. acanthurus occupies remainder.

—— Micro Habitat ——
Shelters in rock crevices, beneath abandoned termitaria or in shallow burrows excavated beneath rocks, logs or dense low vegetation.

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.