Skillelinie

Varanus gilleni

Two males in combat.
Two males in combat.
 
This aboreal dwarf monitor inhabits central Australia, but most if not all captive speciems originates from Alice Springs. Size is up to 43 cm but normally around 30 – 35 cm.
 
Just before copulation.
Just before copulation.
 
Varanus gilleni are not common in captivity and successful breeding is rare. They are more sensitive than most dwarf monitors and should be kept very clean to prevent infections. They grow very fast and can be mature in 8 months on a diet of insects mainly crickets. Gillenis are not aggressive with each other, but don`t try to keep them together with other reptiles -  one of our juveniles killed a semiadult Uromastyx ornata.
 
Hatchling.
Hatchling.
 
We kept a group of these nice monitors, but a virus infection killed more than half of our stock, and we sold the rest.  We have bred them a few times.