Varanus tristis tristis (Freckled Monitor, Black-headed monitor)

This unique monitor with its elegant appearance and brilliant colouration is sure to capture the attention of any reptile enthusiast. Native to Australia it inhabits the entire continent except for the extreme south and south-eastern regions. This moderately arboreal species attains an adult length of 65 cm TL and can weigh as much as 320 g.

Like most dwarf monitors this species thrives in captivity given proper conditions. In the wild freckled monitors feed primarily on other lizards, but in captivity a varied diet of insects, rodents, and poultry supplemented regularly will serve them well. Although at times shy, the freckled monitor displays extreme intelligence and beauty making it a rewarding species to work with..

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