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Argus monitor   (Varanus panoptes hornii)
Category: Reptiles

 

 

This monitor is found in northern regions of Australia and southern regions of New Guinea. They are versatile predators that are adaptable to many habitats and have a fondness for digging and burrowing. A unique habit they possess is the ability to “tripod” – stand up on their back legs using their tail as support – in order to survey their surroundings.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argus_monitor

http://www.reptilesmagazine.com/Care-Sheets/Lizards/Argus-Monitor/

 

Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Reptilia
Order - Squamata
Family - Varanidae
Genus - Varanus
Species - V. panoptes

 
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