Turquoise monitor

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Turquoise monitor
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Varanidae
Genus: Varanus
Subgenus: V. (Euprepiosaurus)
Species: V. caerulivirens
Binomial name
Varanus caerulivirens
Ziegler, Böhme, & Philipp, 1999[1]

The turquoise monitor, Varanus caerulivirens,[2] is a species of monitor lizard found in Indonesia. Specifically, it is found on Halmahera Island and in the Maluku Islands.[3]


The main coloration of the turquoise monitor is black-brown and greyish-brown with some turquoise pattern.[4] The underside coloration is light yellowish to turquoise with a blackish pattern. The throat and lower part of the neck of this monitor lizard is mostly yellowish. Varanus caerulivirens can grow up to about 110 cm in total length.[1]

The diet of Varanus caerulivirens mainly consists of crustaceans, scorpions, grasshoppers and frogs.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Monitor-lizards.net".  (Viewed April 4, 2010).
  2. ^ Indonesiangamer.com
  3. ^ JCVI.org (Viewed April 3, 2010).
  4. ^ Varanus.nl

Further reading[edit]

  • Ast, Jennifer C. 2001. Mitochondrial DNA Evidence and Evolution in Varanoidea (Squamata). Cladistics 17 (3): 211-226 [erratum in 18 (1):125]
  • Koch A, Arida E, Schmitz A, Böhme W, Ziegler T. 2009. Refining the polytypic species concept of mangrove monitors (Squamata: Varanus indicus group): a new cryptic species from the Talaud Islands, Indonesia, reveals the underestimated diversity of Indo-Australian monitor lizards. Australian Journal of Zoology 57(1): 29-40
  • Lisle, H. de 2007. Varanus caerulivirens (Turquoise Monitor). Reprodcution. Biawak 1 (1): 39-40
  • PHILIPP, K. M., ZIEGLER, T. & W. BÖHME 1999. Der Türkiswaran Varanus caerulivirens ZIEGLER, BÖHME & PHILIPP, 1999. Herpetofauna 21 (122): 10-11
  • Philipp,K.M.; Ziegler, T. & Böhme, W. 2007. Preliminary Investigations of the Natural Diet of Six Monitor Lizard Species of the Varanus (Euprepiosaurus) indicus Group. Mertensiella 16: 336-345
  • Ziegler, T., Schmitz, A., Koch, A. & W. Böhme 2007. A review of the subgenus Euprepiosaurus of Varanus (Squamata: Varanidae): morphological and molecular phylogeny, distribution and zoogeography, with an identification key for the members of the V. indicus and the V. prasinus species groups. Zootaxa 1472: 1-28
  • Ziegler, T., W. Böhme & K. M. Philipp 1999. Varanus caerulivirens sp. n., a new monitor lizard of the V. indicus group from Halmahera, Moluccas, Indonesia (Squamata: Sauria: Varanidae). Herpetozoa 12 (1/2): 45-56