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Kimberley rock monitor

Kimberley rock monitor (Varanus glauerti)
North Kimberley, Western Australia
Photo © Brendan Schembri
Varanus glauerti - Mertens, 1957
Pronunciation  vah-RAH-nuss   GLOW-ert-ee
Etymology  Varanus: a Latinisation of the Arabic word, Waran, for lizards of the Arabian Peninsula. These lizards were said to warn of the presence of crocodiles, and became known in English as monitors.1 In Australia, they are typically called goannas.
glauerti: after L. Glauert, a former director of the Western Australian Museum.1
Other names   
Total length
Species avg: 80 cm
Clutch size
Description Distribution Natural history Conservation Further information More photos


Distributed across rocky ranges of the Kimberley region, northern Western Australia, and the adjacent Northern Territory, with an isolated population present in the Arnhem Land Escarpment of the Northern Territory.2

Found in the following Australian states/territories

Northern Territory, Western Australia


Kimberley populations occupy rocky outcrops, whereas the isolated population in Arnhem Land is primarily arboreal, largely dwelling in and on Allosyncarpia trees in monsoon forest, but they will also utilise vertical rock faces.3

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