Varanus tristis

Varanus tristis

Varanus tristis

(Freckled Monitor, Black-tailed Monitor)

FAMILY

Varanidae

Species

Varanus tristis

Common name

Freckled Monitor, Black-tailed Monitor

Main colour

Pale grey to dark brown or black

Body size

Snout to vent about 28 cm, tail about 50 cm long

Location

Townsville

Description

This goanna is widespread in dry areas of Australia, although usually arboreal it can also be found in crevices in rocky areas. Body colour varies from grey to dark brown to black and there are numerous pale spots with darker centres on the back of the body, small spots are also present on the tail and legs. Lower surfaces are whitish.