Northern Blunt-spined Monitor

Biological classification

Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Varanidae

Appearance

Dwarf monitors length is up to 30 cm. Coloring of the upper side of the body varies from gray to reddish brown with numerous small dark spots that sometimes form a mesh pattern. The lower side of the trunk and neck is light or creamy. The tail is almost rounded; the tail scales have the form of flattened thorns.

 Distribution and mode of life

The species is locally distributed in the northwestern part of the Northern Territory of Australia. V. primordius inhabit mainly in the tropical savanna woodland of eucalyptus and mixed forests with rocky and rocky areas.

Diet

The diet consists mainly of insects.

Breeding

Two or three weeks after the mating, the female lays in a soil from 2 to 5 eggs. The incubation period at 28.5-30.5 C lasts from 87 to 120 days. The youth reaches puberty at the age of 9-12 months. (Husband, 2001, Territory Wildlife Park).

Environmental protection status

The species is on the Red List of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (LC least concern), listed on the CITES (Annex II).

 In Kyiv Zoo

Northern Blunt-spined Monitor lives in a properly equipped terrarium in the "Desert" pavilion. The diet is close to natural. 

Northern  Blunt-spined Monitor