Varanus keithhornei WELLS & WELLINGTON 1985
keithhornei is a member of the subgenera Euprepiosaurus. This
is the only member of the prasinus-group which occures on mainland
Australia. The major coloration is black. CZECHURA (1980) mentioned this species for Australia. WELLS & WELLINGTON (1985) described this animal as a new species,
using the description of CZECHURA (1980). SPRACKLAND (1991b) described the same type specimen in his taxonomic revision of the
prasinus-group as V. teriae. Because the description by WELLS
& WELLINGTON (1985) as V. keithhornei is done earlier, the older name should be used for this monitor species.
The coloration of this goanna is dark black on the upper side. The head scales are moderately big and smooth, some supraocularia are extended but are hardly different to the interocularia. The nostril is on top of the snout and it is directed to the outside, it is situated closer to the tip of the snout than to the eye. 75-90 scale rows are around midbody. The tail is moderately pressed together at the side without a visible keel. The length is approximately 2.0 times as long as SVL. The tail scales have an light keel, they are ordered in regular rings. The animal can reach a totla length of about 75 cm.
Distribution, habitat and behavior
distribution of V. keithhornei is restricted to a very small area
in the Iron Range and the McIlwraith Range on the Cape York Peninsula in
northern Queensland (CZECHURA 1980, GREENE 1986, SPRACKLAND 1991b).
Keeping and breeding
at the Reptile Park of Beerwah in Queensland these monitors were kept in
captivity. Till now, no exact keeping conditions are published. Because
this monitor species is very close related to V. prasinus, you
can keep these monitors in an enclosure, which is built for a tree climber
from the tropical rainforest. Someteime it is good to separate the animals,
so it could be good, if the enclosure has two partitions to make it possible
for the animals to sunbask undisturbed and without direct visual contact
to the other monitor.