Spotted tree goanna
Differences between this goanna and V.scalaris
outlined above. Bohme (1988) considered V.similis
"probably a valid species" on the basis of its hemipenal
This monitor was previously known as Varanus rimorensis similis.
It is found in northern Australia and the south of New
Guinea (the Western Province of Papua and the adjacent part of Irian Jaya (Whitaker et al
1982; Brandenberg 1983)). Because nothing is known of the lifestyle of the animals in New
Guinea and very few publications distinguish the Australian races from V. scalaris
, this animal
is discussed under V.scalaris
. Captive care and breeding is reported by Peters (1968),
Schmida (1971) , Ruegg (1974), Chippindale (1991) and Lambertz (1993. 1994).