Continent: Australia
Distribution: Australia (NW North Territory, NE West Australia: Rocky Outcrops of the Kimberley Region and adjacent areas in the North Territory)  
Type locality: 10 km WNW of Timber Creek, North Territory, in 15° 37’ S, 130° 23’ E.
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Kings' monitor

Kings' monitor or Kings' goanna (Varanus kingorum), is a species of small monitor lizards. It is also known as Kings' rock monitor; it is found in Australia. Specifically, it is endemic to the northwestern part of the Northern Territory, and the northeastern part of Western Australia. It belongs to the subgenus Odatria[2] along with the peacock monitor and the Pilbara monitor. Comparatively little is known about this species.[3]


Kings' goanna inhabits rocky outcrops of the Kimberley Region and adjacent areas.[4] It is usually found in areas with rock exfoliations or slopes with open bushland and shrubs, where boulders and outcrops provide its required microhabitat.[5] V. kingorum is also is found in grasslands.[6]


Varanus kingorum is one of the smallest species of monitor lizards, reaching a total length of up to 40 cm.[7] It is basically brown in colour with a black reticulum in the juvenile that breaks down with age to form dark flecks and spots.[3]

Behaviour and diet[edit]

Kings' monitors retreat into holes, rock fissures, and small crevices when they are approached, being extremely shy.[5]

They appear to feed exclusively on insects, including locusts, termites, and insect eggs.[3]


  1. ^ "ITIS.gov". Retrieved 11 May 2010. 
  2. ^ * Kingsnake.com Viewed 12 May 2010
  3. ^ a b c Mampam.com Viewed 12 May 2010
  4. ^ JCVI.org (Retrieved 11 May. 2010).
  5. ^ a b Reptilob.de
  6. ^ Varanus.nl
  7. ^ *JCVI.org (Retrieved 11 May. 2010.)

Further reading[edit]

  • Photo of Varanus kingorum at Varanus.nl
  • JCVI.org (Retrieved 11 May. 2010).
  • Reptileforums.co.uk
  • Bennet, D.F. (2003). Australische Warane. Reptilia (Münster) 8 (5): 18-25
  • Bennet, D.F. (2003). Australian Monitors. Reptilia (GB) (30): 12-19
  • Cogger, H.G. (2000). Reptiles and Amphibians of Australia, 6th ed. Ralph Curtis Publishing, Sanibel Island, 808 pp.
  • De Lisle, H.F. (1996). Natural History of Monitor Lizards. Krieger, Malabar (Florida)
  • Eidenmüller, B. (2003). Haltung und kontinuierliche Vermehrung von Kings Felsenwaran, Varanus kingorum STORR 1980, mit der erstmaligen Nachzucht eines albinotischen Jungtieres. Reptilia (Münster) 8 (5): 36-40
  • Eidenmüller, B. (1999). Haltung und Nachzucht von Kings Felsenwaran, Varanus kingorum STORR 1980. Herpetofauna 21 (121): 19-23
  • Eidenmüller, B. (2001). Between the rocks - Pick up tips on breeding and keeping King’s rock monitors (Varanus kingorum). Reptiles 9 (5): 78-81
  • Eidenmüller, B. 2007. Small monitors in the terrarium. Reptilia (GB) (50): 12-19
  • Horn, H. G. (1977). Notizen zur Systematik, Fundortangaben und Haltung von Varanus (Varanus) karlschmidti. Salamandra 13 (2): 78-88
  • Storr G. M. (1980). The monitor lizards (genus Varanus Merrem, 1820) of Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum 8(2) 1980: 237-293.

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