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Spotted Tree Monitor
Photo: C & D Frith    
Australian Tropical
Reptiles & Frogs
Spotted Tree Monitor (Varanus timorensis)


  • Found in northern Australian tropics.
  • They are an arboreal (tree dwelling), species that utilise the shelter of hollow tree trunks and limbs as resting places.
  • In Australia the Spotted Tree Monitor lives in wet tropical rainforest to dry areas of western Queensland and the Northern Territory.


  • The lizard hunts on the ground for insects, amphibians, reptiles and mammals but retreats to the trees if alarmed


  • Rarely exceeds 60-70 cm in overall length

Viewing Opportunities:

  • They are easily seen at The Chamber's.
  • You are normally made aware of their presence by the rustling leaf sound as they run across the forest floor and up a nearby tree to escape your approach.
  • When sighted they will conceal themselves from your view by moving to the reverse side of the trunk. As you move around the tree they will spiral up the trunk trying to keep out of your sight.

Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodges
Lake Eacham, Atherton Tableland
Tropical North Queensland, Australia.
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