Pygmy Mulga Monitor

(Varanus gilleni)

This species can be very active in captivity and consequently make interesting captives. They are highly arboreal in nature and like to climb if given the opportunity. In many parts of their range they are regularly encountered in Mulgas (Acacia aneura), Desert Oaks (Allocasuarina sp.) and other desert trees but there are also reports of them occurring in areas that are totally devoid of trees. In my experience, the specimens encountered from the southern part of the range (which typically live in small mulga trees) are smaller than those from northern areas. However, specimens from both areas appear capable of reaching similar sizes under captive conditions. The male in this photo is about as big as they get, being about 40cm long. Pygmy Mulga Monitors are uncomplicated in their captive husbandry requirements and respond well to standard techniques. Whilst they like to climb and will do so if given the opportunity, they can be successfully kept in a terrestrial cage setup.

This pair of Pygmy Mulga Monitors are mating. (A pair of Storr's Monitors are looking on in the background).

A juvenile female Pygmy Mulga Monitor from South Australia.

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