Species group: Monitor Lizards
Other common names: Black-tailed Monitor Lizard; Mournful Goanna; Racehorse Goanna
Scientific name: Varanus tristis
The Freckled Monitor Lizard is native to Australia. Although usually arboreal it can also be found in crevices in rocky areas.
Appearance / health:
Body color varies from gray to dark brown to black and there are numerous pale spots with darker centers on the back of the body, small spots are also present on the tail and legs. Lower surfaces are whitish.
A Good "First Monitor" for Careful Owners
Freckled monitors are a great choice for folks who want a “large monitor in a small package”. Active and highly intelligent, they adapt well to arboreal or ground-oriented enclosures, but show themselves to best advantage in large home-made enclosures that allow for climbing and foraging opportunities. Although small and slightly built as monitors go, these plucky Australians should be provided as much room as possible. In cramped enclosures, hygiene and a proper thermal gradient will be impossible to maintain, and your pet’s stress and aggression levels will soar; bear in mind also that a temperature gradient of 75-95 F, with a basking site of 120-130 F, should be established
Large invertebrates and small lizards, not rodents, comprise the bulk of their natural diet, and therefore rodent-only diets are not ideal for pets. Hornworms, roaches, butterworms, silkworms and pink mice should all be offered, along with wild-caught invertebrates if available..
From findiviglio Nov 10 2015 6:32PM