The black-spotted ridge-tailed monitor, Varanus baritji, is a medium-sized ground dwelling monitor lizard. It is also known as White’s ridged-tailed monitor or White's dwarf goanna. It is found in the northernmost part of the Northern Territory of Australia.
This monitor lizard in spiny. It is similar to Varanus acanthurus in appearance, but differs in colour patterns. For example, Varanus baritji has a bright yellow underside. However, Varanus baritji lacks the light and dark dorsal neck stripes and the light ocellated markings on its back for which Varanus acanthurus is known. The black-spotted ridge-tailed monitor can reach up to 72 cm in length.
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