Skillelinie

Varanus scalaris

Captive bred V. scalaris (common form) Not in our collection.
Captive bred V. scalaris (common form) Not in our collection.
 
In 1988 Varanus scalaris was seperated from Varanus similis. They inhabits the Northern part of Australia with several very different forms. They occupy rainforrest, dry forrest and the open land,reaching a size of approximately 50 cm. 
 
Dead hatchling of  V. scalaris (pelewensis)
Dead hatchling of  V. scalaris (pelewensis)
 
Hatchling of  V. Scalaris, Photo: Bernd Eidenmüller
Hatchling of  V. Scalaris
Photo: Bernd Eidenmüller
 
A very different form named ”Pelewensis” is somewhat bigger and shows a distinct colour pattern on the back with orange to purple markings unknown to the rest of scalaris. 
Only very few scalaris are kept in captivity, but they are very easy animals. Unlike similis scalaris only prey upon the normal monitor food like insects and small rodents. They can be shy, but are not always so.
 
Captive bred V. scalaris (pelewensis) female.
Captive bred V. scalaris (pelewensis) female.
 
We have kept a pair of the ”Pelewensis” type and  had more than 40 eggs without any successful hatching. They die as fully grown embryos. To the best of my knowledge this was the only pair outside Australia.