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Merten's Water monitor

Varanus mertensi


The monitor grows to a length of about one metre(3 feet 3 inches). It is dark brown to black above, with many cream to yellow spots. The underparts are paler – white to yellowish – with grey mottling on the throat and blue-grey bars on the chest. The tail is strongly compressed laterally, with a high median dorsal keel, and is about 1.5 times the length of head and body


The monitor is found in coastal and inland waters across much of northern Australia, from the Kimberley region of Western Australia, across the Top End of the Northern Territory and the Gulf Country, to the western side of the Cape York Peninsula in Far North Queensland.


Spotted at Kakadu National Park, Autralia

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MelanieAustralia 9 years ago

Thank you Leanne. He seems quite peaceful basking in the sun ;)

LeanneGardner 9 years ago

Hi Melanie! Fantastic spotting you have here. I love him!

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0886, Northern Territory, Australia

Spotted on Sep 30, 2009
Submitted on Sep 19, 2012

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