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Black-headed Monitor

Varanus tristis

Quick Facts

Scientific name: Varanus tristis
Class: Reptile
Weight: 150 to 300 grams
Life span: 15 years
Conservation status: Least concern
Number of offspring: 5 to 17 eggs at a time

About

I LIVE IN AUSTRALIA

The black-headed monitor is native to Australia and can be found near rivers in wooded areas and shrublands. They often take shelter in tight spaces such as loose tree bark and rocky crevices.


I AM A CARNIVORE

Although this species eats a variety of insects, they will also eat bird and lizard eggs.


BLACK-HEADED MONITORS ARE SOLITARY

This species prefers to be solitary; they like having their own space. Later in life, they will often find a mate who they will share a space with for a short period of time.


FUN IN THE SUN

The dark head and tail of black-headed monitor help them absorb sunlight and warm up their bodies quickly. They thrive in temperatures between 77 degrees and 113 degrees Fahrenheit.


Conservation

Learn more about our efforts, our conservation partners around the world, and the simple steps you can take to contribute.

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