Skillelinie

Varanus tristis orientalis

Captive bred V. t. orientalis female. (Common form)
Captive bred V. t. orientalis female. (Common form)
 
Varanus tristis inhabit most of Australia, with V. tristis tristis to the West and V. tristis orientalis to the East. V. tristis tristis is larger than the other subspecies and can be found as large as 80 cm. Orientalis are only 60 – 65 cm. The common form in captivity originates from a single pair kept and bred by Bernd Eidenmüller in Germany. They are still uncommon in Europe, but often bred in USA. V. t. orientalis is the fastest growing monitor, we have, and can reach maturity in 8 months. They can lay several clutches in one year, and seems very easy to keep. The diet consists of large insects and occasionally small rodents.
 
Captive bred V. t. orientalis male. (centralis form?)
Captive bred V. t. orientalis male. (centralis form?)
 
We had 2 different types of orientalis. Besides the common form we had a redheadded form from Alice Springs. This type has a striped throat and was previously named V. tristis centralis.  
In March 2000 we got our first hatchlings and the continued to suply with eggs till we sold them in 2003.
 
Captive bred V. t. orientalis just hatched
Captive bred V. t. orientalis just hatched
 
Captive bred V. t orientalis just hatched
Captive bred V. t orientalis just hatched
 
Captive bred V.t. orientalis (centralis form?)
Captive bred V.t. orientalis (centralis form?)
 
Semiadult captive bred pair of Varanus tristis tristis
Semiadult captive bred pair of Varanus tristis tristis