Spiny-Tailed Monitor Lizard

The Spiny-Tailed Monitor Lizard (Varanus acanthurus) is a medium-sized reptile. It is also known as the Ridge-Tailed Monitor or the Ackies Dwarf Monitor.

The Spiny-Tailed Monitor Lizard is grey with light markings. Its scales are six-sided hexagons. It has a large mouth, large nostrils, and large brown eyes. Its feet have five toes with long, sharp claws. 

It measures up to 71 centimetres (28 inches) long. 

Spiny-Tailed Monitor Lizard

The Spiny-Tailed Monitor Lizard is native to northwestern Australia. It prefers semi-deserts and rocky areas. 

It eats insects (especially termites), birds, mammals, and other lizards. 

It is oviparous. The female lays 5-12 eggs in soil or in a termite mound, which hatch after 90-160 days. 

Spiny-Tailed Monitor Lizard
Spiny-Tailed Monitor Lizard
Spiny-Tailed Monitor Lizard
Spiny-Tailed Monitor Lizard
Spiny-Tailed Monitor Lizard
Spiny-Tailed Monitor Lizard
Spiny-Tailed Monitor Lizard
Spiny-Tailed Monitor Lizard

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

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