The Australian goannas, or monitors, belong to the genus Varanus. They are typically recognised by their huge size. Indeed, the world's largest lizard (th Komodo Dragon, V. komodoensis), and Australia's largest lizard (the Perentie, V. giganteus) belong to this genus. The Pilbara monitor is "tiny" compared to these monsters, measuring in at a modest 30 cm fully grown, compared to some Perentie which have been recorded as large as 2 m.
Like many goannas, the Pilbara monitor is powerfully built, with a large body and long tail. However, this species is tiny compared to most goannas, reaching only 30 cm.
Method of reproduction
This species is arboreal (tree dwelling), often found under bark or in forks. They will use the ground for cover at times.
|Name Published Year:||2006|
|Scientific Name Authorship:||Aplin, Fitch & King|
|Conservation Assessment:||Least Concern|
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