Distribution: Australia (Queensland, Cape York Peninsula)
Type locality: Buthen Buthen, Nesbit River, Cape York Peninsula [keithhornei].
The canopy goanna (Varanus keithhornei) is a species of monitor lizards native to northeast Australia. It is also known as the blue-nosed tree monitor, Keith Horne's monitor, or occasionally as the Nesbit River monitor It belongs to the subgenus Euprepiosaurus and is a member of the Varanus prasinus species group.
The colouration of V. keithhornei is dark black on the upper side. It has moderately big and smooth head scales. Its tail has no visible keel. The canopy goanna is small for a montor lizard, reaching a total length up to 77 cm.
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