The Mertens Water Monitor (Varanus mertensi) as the name suggests, loves the water. During the day the monitor can be found basking on rocks and logs near the shoreline of rivers, creeks, billabongs and lagoons. The monitors are great swimmers, and have a special valve in their nostrils that closes when they dive. Their nostrils are also on the top of their head, like a crocodile’s, so that they can stay partially submerged in the water when searching for prey.
These big reptiles grow to a metre long and weigh up to 380 grams. They are light grey to dark brown, with a scattering of light yellow/cream spots. Their underbelly is light yellow to cream.
Note: We can can freight livestock to airports serviced by Australian Air Express. All relative import/export paperwork will need to be done if applicable.Please contact us for freight costs and further information.Due to the high turnover of livestock it is advisable to call us to check current availability.