Varanus caudolineatus (Stripe-tailed Monitor)

The stripe-tailed monitor is a miniature monster. Specimens typically exhibit tan/grey background colouration which helps them blend in with their surroundings. They exhibit dark brown spots throughout their dorsal region and have a longitudinally striped tail for which they get their name. This moderately arboreal goanna reaches a maximum size of 12 cm SVL with males being slightly larger than females.

Stripe-tailed monitors are hardy captives, but require many tight hiding places in their enclosure to feel comfortable. They feed primarily on small invertebrates, but may benefit from the odd rodent or gecko snack. Caud's are truly exciting to work with because of their tenacious nature and microscopic dimensions.

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