Peach-Throated Monitor

Peach-Throated Monitor Varanus jobiensis

Type of Animal:

Rainforests from sea level to 2,953 ft, riverbanks

New Guinea & surrounding islands

Dark patternless head, large round eyes, dark upper part of head slightly lighter than dorsal area, throat white-yellow to red to salmon, young/juveniles more intensely colored w/ pinkish temporal/gular regions & light broad tail markings, adults dark brownish-olive w/ pale yellow spots, faded dark striping on body, distal 3rd of long tail has broad black bands & light coloration (ranging from white to pale yellow to gray to light blue to turquoise), slender snout, light sleek build

Insects, insect larvae, worms, frogs, eggs, spiders, crayfish, shrimp, fish, small mammals, lizards

Status in Wild:

Breeding in zoos, wildlife centers, & herpetoculture


Additional Info:

Young: Hatchling
Group: Solitary
Male: 4 lbs
Female: 2 lbs
6 months 

Life Span:
10-20 years

Body Length:
Male: 4 ft
Female: 3 ft
Young: 2 ft

Tail Length:
Male: 2.1-2.7 ft
Female: 1.58-2.03 ft
Young: 1.05-1.35 ft

Main predators are Papuan/New Guinea Harpy Eagles, Crocodile Monitors, & crocodiles.
Also known as Sepik Monitor.
Sometimes hunted for meat in native range.
Equally at home on land & in trees.
These lizards very shy in wild.
Coloration aids in camouflage.
Females lay clutches of 2-12 eggs once or twice a year.
Claws come in handy for digging/climbing.
These are very active lizards.

Fun Fact(s):
Sometimes kept as pets.
These lizards can be very nervous in the wild & even in captivity.
Besides real eyes, they have so-called 3rd eye (parietal eye), most likely for orientation & differing light from dark.
When threatened, they’ll expand/display peach throat. They can also tail whip, scratch, bite, & poop on threat.
Specific name jobiensis, meaning “from Jobi” refers to type locality-Jobi (Yapen) island.
There’s possibility this species may be complex of different species.

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