Southern Heath Monitor


Common Name: Southern Heath Monitor
Scientific Name: Varanus rosenbergi
Family: Varanidae (Monitors)
Genus: Varanus
Status: Secure in WA. – Category 5
Size: TL 1300mm

—— Description ——
Large monitor with long laterally compressed tail. Ground colour dark grey to black, peppered with yellow to grey. Pattern prominent to obscure, consisting of transversely aligned yellow spots or narrow blackish bands; approximately 4 on neck (each curving forward laterally) and approximately 12 on body. Head blackish bearing pale-edged black streak from in front of eye to above and behind ear. Lips barred with blackish brown and greyish white. Limbs black, spotted with yellow to cream. Tail dull yellow marked with approximately 25 pairs of narrow dark bands extending to tip; occasionally tip uniformly dark. Ventral surfaces yellowish to cream, marked with black to dark grey reticulum; occasionally broken to form bands or chevron on chin and throat.

—— Preferred Habitat ——
Humid to semi-arid heathlands and woodlands (extending into wet sclerophyll forests in far south-west of range), favouring sandy soils. Extends from southern WA, north to about Perth and east to SA border. Isolated populations occur from south-eastern SA to Big Desert, Vic., and in Goulbun, Nowra and Sydney areas, NSW.

—— Micro Habitat ——
Excavates shallow, slightly curved burrow with expanded terminal cavity, usually adjacent to 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.