Kings' goanna is a very poorly known species that lives in
the far north of Western Australia and Northern Territory.
The very long tail (200-270% of the SVL) indicates that
this is a rock dwelling goanna and they may be associated
only with sandstone areas. It can be distinguished from all
other species by its very long tail, curious loreal crease on
the snout and pattern. In colour it is basically brown with a black reticulum in juveniles that
breaks down with age to form dark spots and flecks. Maximum size is probably no more than
40cm TL. The longest known male has a SVL of 11cm, largest female is 9.2cm SVL (James et al
1992). Hatchling Kings' goannas are probably less than 6cm SVL.
Very few specimens of this delightful little goanna are known to science. They appear to feed
only on insects (orthopterans, termites, blattids and insect eggs). Specimens caught in
February have been in reproductive condition . (Losos & Greene 1998; James et al
Kings' goanna has been bred in captivity (Weigel, pers. cornm.) but no details are available
the time of writing.