Varanus scalaris

Varanus scalaris

(Spotted Tree Monitor)




Varanus scalaris

Common name

Spotted Tree Monitor

Main colour

Various shades of green,

grey, black, spots cream

Body size

Snout to vent 25 cm, tail to 38 cm


Cairns, Townsville


This goanna is found more commonly in rainforest areas than in drier areas. The basic body colour varies from green to grey to black but with numerous cream spots. It appears to change colour to match the local tree trunks. Will hunt on the ground as well as in trees, when disturbed it retreats to trees. Feeds on smaller lizards, insects and baby birds

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Varanus scalaris