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BLUE TAILED (Kalabeck's) MONITOR
Varanus doreanus

and the

FINSCH'S MONITOR
Varanus finschi
(was Varanus doreanus finschi)

(Very similar to Varanus doreanus -status in Australia uncertain)

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Blue Tailed (Kalabeck's) Monitor (Varanus doreanus)

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Blue Tailed (Kalabeck's) Monitor (Varanus doreanus)

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Blue Tailed (Kalabeck's) Monitor (Varanus doreanus)


The above photographs of Varanus doreanus were taken at the Rimba Reptile Park Bali

At least 1 confirmed specimen of Varanus doreanus has been photographed on Cape York Australia.
The Blue-tailed Monitor is found on the tip of the Cape York Peninsula (Australia) , also New Guinea, New Britain and in the Bismarck Archipelago.

The existence of Varanus finschi from Cape York Queensland Australia was based on a single specimen without exact locality data when this page was first created.
Varanus finschi is also found in New Britain, New Ireland, the Bismarck Archipelagoes well as Eastern areas of Papua New Guinea

Both species is easily confused with the Mangrove Monitor, V. indicus, however Varanus doreanus is normally found inland away from mangroves.

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