Varanus caerulivirens

 

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Varanus caerulivirens

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Distribution and habitat

Body characteristics

Sex

Enclosure

 

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Diet

Breeding

Remarks

 

Names:

Latin name:

  • Varanus caerulivirens (Böhme, Ziegler & Philipp - 1999).

Subgenus:

  • Euprepiosaurus.

English name:

  • Turquoise / Blue pinspot monitor.

Cites:

  • II

Distribution and habitat:


Distribution:

  • Halmahera Islands (Indonesia).

Habitat:

  • Tropical.

Surroundings:

  • Are often found close to bodies of water. (mangroves)

Body characteristics:

Length:

  • up to 110 cm.

Pattern and color:

  • The main coloration is black-brown / greyish-brown with some turquoise pattern. The underside of its body is yellowish mixed with the same but lighter colors of its upperside.  The tail and feet are often brighter turquoise colored than the rest of their body. These animals have pink tongues.

Enclosure:

Enclosure size:

  • Advised: at least 1,5 m² for a pair.

Animals per enclosure:

  • The females are tolerant towards each other. More than 1 female can be kept together with a male.  

Temperature:

  • daytime:
    • average: 22º - 30º Celsius.
    • basking: 40º - 50º Celsius.

Diet:

  • Many kinds of insects, fish, crabs, snails, small birds, eggs and small mammals.

Remarks:

  • This species is closely related to V.indicus. The main differences are the turquoise coloration, the pink tongue and a higher count of midbody scale rows.


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