We specialise in breeding a number of the pygmy goannas. Their energy, alert intelligence and interactivity (especially the ridge-tails) make them a delight to keep. The varieties we breed are:
Ridge-Tailed Monitors (Varanus acanthurus brachyurus) - Our "accies" come from the Alice Springs area. They develop into the largest form we have seen, especially the males. When fully mature our blood lines tend to lose the red hues and develop into more of a golden coloured monitor. Accies are one of the easiest goannas to keep and can become "dog tame" and quite relaxed about being handled.
Storr's Monitor (Varanus storri storri) - Our Storr's Monitors originate from north-central Queensland. They are similar to V. acanthurus to keep, however , they only grow to about 1/2 to 1/3 the body mass of a large male ridge-tail. They tend to be a little more nervous than the ridge-tails, but will still bask and chase crickets happily in front of their keeper. Storr's monitors also love to burrow and if given sufficient room, a colony will build a complex warren of interconnecting burrows.
Pygmy Mulga Monitor (Varanus gilleni) - "Gillens" are found throughout the desert areas of South Australia and Northern Territory through the arid interior of Western Australia to the north-west coast. They are small, even for a pygmy goanna, and tend to be more cryptic than the other species listed here. Often found squeezed under bark in the wild, in captivity they love to hide and bask between planks of wood warmed by a spotlight. Our original blood lines came from specimens we caught many years ago near the outskirts of Alice Springs.
Black-Headed Monitor (Varanus tristis tristis) - Black-headed monitors are found throughout most of central and northern Australia. They are extremely active, alert and intelligent lizards. They are also very agile and could provide stiff competition to a monkey when it comes to moving around trees. "Tristis" require more skill to handle and cage room than their cousins listed above. They are fast and have a serious set of teeth with a good sense of how to use them. None-the-less, we keep ours in a large glass vivarium indoors where they are completely relaxed with our presence and put on spectacular antics chasing their live food.
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