Blue-spotted tree monitor

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Blue-spotted tree monitor
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Lacertilia
Family: Varanidae
Genus: Varanus
Subgenus: Euprepiosaurus
Species: V. macraei
Binomial name
Varanus macraei
(Böhme & Jacobs 2001)

The blue-spotted tree monitor or blue tree monitor, Varanus macraei, is a species of monitor lizard found on the island of Batanta in Indonesia. It is named after Duncan MacRae, founder of the reptile park Rimba on Bali.[1]

Description[edit]

Detail of head and upper body

V. macraei is black with scattered blue scales, forming spots that may in turn form bands across the back. The tip of the snout is light blue and the lower jaw is white. The undersides of the legs are uniformly pale turquoise. The tail is prehensile and about twice the snout-to-vent length (SVL). The blue-spotted tree monitor can grow to an SVL of 35 cm (14 in) and total length of 100 cm (39 in).[2]

The blue tree monitor can vary from blue to black to gray, and it can have spots or stripes.

Distribution of V. macraei is limited to the island of Batanta, off the northwest coast of Irian Jaya.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "The Reptile Database". Retrieved 2010-11-15. 
  2. ^ "Monitor Lizards.net". Retrieved 2010-11-15.