Varanus Teriae

Sprackland 1991.
Blue-nosed guanna.

Varanus teriae was described from animals previously assigned to V.prasinus by Czerchura (1980). It is believed to have a very restricted range of possibly less than 100km2 in the Iron and Mcllwraith ranges of the Cape York Peninsular in Queensland (McDonald et al 1991). It is more heavily built than other monitors of the prasinus' group and is distinguished by its conical throat scales and unusual pattern. A colour drawing is provided by Sprackland (1992). Near the Claudie River they have been seen foraging in leaf litter and on trees and are known to feed on insects (orthopterans, roaches and beetles - Irwin 1994).

Attribution / Courtesy: Daniel Bennett. 1995. A Little Book of Monitor Lizards. Viper Press U.K.