Kimberley rock monitor

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Kimberley rock monitor
Kimberley-Felsenwaran (Varanus glauerti).jpg
Varanus glauerti male
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Varanidae
Genus: Varanus
Subgenus: Odatria
Species: V. glauerti
Binomial name
Varanus glauerti
Mertens, 1957[1]
  • Varanus (Odatria) timorensis glauerti Mertens, 1957
  • Varanus (Odatria) glauerti
    — Mertens, 1958
  • Varanus glauerti
    Cogger, 1983[2]

The Kimberley rock monitor (Varanus glauerti) is a medium-sized species of monitor lizard,[3] native to Northern Australia. Also known as Glauert's monitor or the Kakadu sand goanna,[4] it belongs to the subgenus Odatria.[5]


The specific name, glauerti, is in honor of English-born Australian herpetologist Ludwig Glauert.[4]


V. glauerti grows up to 80 cm (31 in) long, and half of its length is the long tail.

Habitat and behaviour[edit]

V. glauerti lives almost exclusively on rocky cliff faces, but is found in humid forests. It is arboreal, and prefers humid conditions.[3]


  1. ^ "Varanus glauerti ". Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS).
  2. ^ "Varanus glauerti ". The Reptile Database.
  3. ^ a b "Varanus glauerti " at Archived 2010-02-23 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ a b Beolens B, Watkins M, Grayson M. 2011. The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Varanus glauerti, p. 101).
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Further reading[edit]

  • Mertens R. 1957. Two new goannas from Australia. Western Australian Naturalist 5: 183-185. (Varanus timorensis glauerti, new subspecies).

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