Rosenberg's monitor

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Rosenberg's monitor
Heath goanna Varanus rosenbergii (8270070527).jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Varanidae
Genus: Varanus
Subgenus: Varanus
V. rosenbergi
Binomial name
Varanus rosenbergi
Mertens, 1957[2]

Rosenberg's monitor, the heath monitor, or the southern heath monitor,[1] Varanus rosenbergi, is a species of monitor lizards endemic to Australia, where it can be found in southern regions within the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria, and Western Australia.[1]


The specific name, rosenbergi, is in honor of German naturalist Hermann von Rosenberg.[3]


This monitor can reach a length of 1.5 m. It is dark gray with yellow and white spotting and black bands on its body and all the way down the tail. The juvenile is tinged with orange.[4]


Rosenberg's monitors mate over a 12-day period in January. In February and March, the female digs into a termite mound, creating a circular nest chamber. It lays up to 14 eggs. In September and October, the hatchlings emerge from the mound, generally with digging assistance from the adult.[5]

Its diet includes birds, reptiles, mammals, eggs, and carrion.[4]


  1. ^ a b c Bennett, D. & S. S. Sweet. 2010. Varanus rosenbergi. In: IUCN 2012. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2012.2. Downloaded on 22 June 2013.
  2. ^ Varanus rosenbergi. ITIS.
  3. ^ Beolens, Bo; Watkins, Michael; Grayson, Michael (2011). The Eponym Dictionary of Reptiles. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. xiii + 296 pp. ISBN 978-1-4214-0135-5. (Varanus rosenbergi, p. 226).
  4. ^ a b Rosenberg's Goanna - profile. Threatened Species. Environment and Heritage. NSW Government.
  5. ^ Green, B., et al. (1999). The behaviour and energetics of hatchling Varanus rosenbergi. Mertensiella 11 105-12.

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Further reading[edit]

  • King, R. A., et al. Varanoid Lizards of the World. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. 2007. pg. 225–29. ISBN 0-253-34366-6.
  • King, D. & B. Green. Goannas: The Biology of Varanid Lizards. University of New South Wales Press. 1999. ISBN 0-86840-456-X
  • Rismiller, P., et al. (2007). Life history studies of Rosenberg's goanna (Varanus rosenbergi) on Kangaroo Island, South Australia. Biawak 1(1): 42-43.