Spencer's Monitor

(Varanus spenceri)

Spencer's Monitors make an ideal captive larger monitor. They can readily become tame and are now being bred in increasing numbers. This species is adapted to the "boom or bust" lifestyle of the Black-soil Plains where periods of little food or water are interspersed with times of abundant prey. Probably due to this adaptation, Spencer's have huge appetites (and are prone to obesity) and large reproductive outputs (with clutches of up to 30 eggs being reported). Because of their reproductive capabilities, this species is becoming more common in captivity in Australia. Their strong feeding response can occasionally cause problems as they are not always quick to distinguish between a prey item and a keepers hand!

One of my Spencer's Monitors (Varanus spenceri) as a hatchling.

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