Species group: Monitor Lizards
Other common names: Calcutta Oval-Grain Lizard; Short-Toed Monitor
Scientific name: Varanus flavescens
The Yellow Monitor Lizard is to northern India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal. The Yellow Monitor Lizard is a ground dweller that mainly shelters in burrows or riverbanks. Varanus flavescens is one of the most endangered Varanid. The huge trade in skins of this species has had great effect on the numbers in the wild. This is one of the five species of Monitor Lizards which is currently on the CITES I (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) list.
Appearance / health:
Colors in this species can vary even with animals living in the same region. Some specimens of this species have red bands across their bodies. Compared to other varanids this species has extreme short nails on their claws.
Insects, eggs, birds, crabs, frogs and mammals.
professional conservation organizations
husbandry requirements, private keepers, captive reproduction
Endangered and in Need of Help
Yellow monitors first came to my attention during my years as a zookeeper, when a co-worker traveled to India to assist in formulating a conservation strategy for them. This led to some degree of protection, but sadly this species remains under severe pressure from hunting and agricultural development today.
Although captive reproduction has been reported, there are still gaps as to its husbandry requirements. Yellow monitors are in need of captive breeding efforts, but at this point their care should be left to well-funded professional conservation organizations and extremely well-qualified (and “well-heeled”!) private keepers. In any event, they are protected throughout their native range, so offers of yellow monitors for sale should be viewed with suspicion..
From findiviglio Nov 11 2015 4:59PM