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King's Goanna (Varanus kingorum), is a species of small monitor lizard It is also known as King's Rock Monitor and it is found in Australia. Specifically it is endemic to the Northwest part of the Northern Territory, and the Northeast part of Western Australia. It belongs to the subgenus Odatria[1] along with the Peacock Monitor and the Pilbara monitor. Comparatively little is known about this species.[2]

HabitatEdit

King's Goanna inhabits rocky outcrops of the Kimberley Region and adjacent areas.[3] It is usually found in areas with rock exfoliations, slopes with open bushland and shrubs where boulders and outcrops provide its required microhabitat.[4] Varanus kingorum is also is found in grasslands.[5]

DescriptionEdit

Varanus kingorum is one the smallest species of monitor lizard, reaching a total length of up to 40 cm.[6] It is basically brown in colour with a black reticulum in juveniles that breaks down with age to form dark flecks and spots.[2]

Behavior and dietEdit

King's Goannas retreat into hole, rock fissures and small crevices, when they are approached, being extremely shy.[7]

The appear to feed exclusively on insects including locust, termites and insect eggs.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. * Kingsnake.com Viewed 12 May 2010
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Mampam.com Viewed 12 May 2010
  3. JCVI.org (Retrieved 11 May. 2010).
  4. Reptilob.de
  5. Varanus.nl
  6. *JCVI.org (Retrieved 11 May. 2010.)
  7. Reptilob.de

Further readingEdit

  • Photo of Varanus kingorum at Varanus.nl
  • JCVI.org (Retrieved 11 May. 2010).
  • Reptileforums.co.uk
  • Bennet, D.F. (2003). Australische Warane. Reptilia (Münster) 8 (5): 18-25
  • Bennet, D.F. (2003). Australian Monitors. Reptilia (GB) (30): 12-19
  • Cogger, H.G. (2000). Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 pp.
  • De Lisle, H.F. (1996). Natural History of Monitor Lizards. Krieger, Malabar (Florida)
  • Eidenmüller, B. (2003). Haltung und kontinuierliche Vermehrung von Kings Felsenwaran, Varanus kingorum STORR 1980, mit der erstmaligen Nachzucht eines albinotischen Jungtieres. Reptilia (Münster) 8 (5): 36-40
  • Eidenmüller, B. (1999). Haltung und Nachzucht von Kings Felsenwaran, Varanus kingorum STORR 1980. Herpetofauna 21 (121): 19-23
  • Eidenmüller, B. (2001). Between the rocks - Pick up tips on breeding and keeping King’s rock monitors (Varanus kingorum). Reptiles 9 (5): 78-81
  • Eidenmüller, B. 2007. Small monitors in the terrarium. Reptilia (GB) (50): 12-19
  • Horn, H. G. (1977). Notizen zur Systematik, Fundortangaben und Haltung von Varanus (Varanus) karlschmidti. Salamandra 13 (2): 78-88
  • Storr G. M. (1980). The monitor lizards (genus Varanus Merrem, 1820) of Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum 8(2) 1980: 237-293.


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