natural beauty and mind blowing colour of the pilbara rock
monitor is second to none. It is arguably the one of the
rarest and most sought after monitors in captivity today.
Native to Australia, it inhabits the Pilbara region of Western
Australia. As its name suggests, the Pilbara rock monitor
prefers to live in rocky outcrops where it finds comfort
within the many tight crevices and the maze of escape routes.
Like the Kimberley rock monitor, V. pilbarensis is suited
for many terrains and is not just limited to the rocks.
The Pilbara rock monitor is a slightly smaller, more robust
version of the Kimberley rock monitor. They can reach an
adult length of 45 cm, two thirds of which is tail. Although
the Pilbara rock monitor is relatively rare in collections,
they are surprisingly easy to work with. They are extremely
hardy and curious monitors, always roaming about their enclosure,
rarely frightened by the presence of an amazed hobbyist.
In the wild, Pilbara rock monitors eat insects and small
lizards. In captivity they thrive on a diet of insects and
rodents and benefit from generous amounts of calcium and
vitamins. As a monitor enthusiast, I have had the opportunity
to work with many different species, but none compare to
the Pilbara rock monitor. They are the perfect, multidimensional
varanid species. From their relatively basic care and their
overall personality, to their striking red colouration and
contrasting banded tail, the Pilbara rock monitor is a varanid
lovers dream come to life. If I could only work with one
monitor species, this one would be it.
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