Argus Monitor

Argus Monitor

Varanus panoptes

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Quick Facts

Body Length: 4 to 5 feet
Distribution: Southern New Guinea
Habitat: Grasslands
Wild Diet: Fish, crabs, small birds, small mammals, insects, and even other monitors
Zoo Diet:
Small mice, hardboiled eggs, Natural Balance Carnivore Diet, and adult crickets.

The argus monitor is a large, lean, and heavily built monitor. They are brown with spots across their back, though their color usually varies among different individuals and their specific location. They have a forked tongue and very sharp teeth.

Status in the Wild

The population of Argus monitors in Australia was significantly reduced as a result of the introduction of the cane toad, a highly poisonous, deadly toad that Argus monitors attempt to eat.

Conservation Programs

Not listed in the IUCN Red List (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources).

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