Argus Monitor Varanus panoptes

Argus Monitor
Argus Monitor
Argus Monitor
The handsome yellow and black Argus Monitor, named after the giant with one hundred eyes of Greek mythology and also called the Yellow-spotted Monitor, is large lizard native to northern Australia and southern New Guinea.
Argus Monitor
Argus Monitor
Yellow-spotted Monitor
The female can reach some 3 feet length and the male nearly 5 feet. It has an unusual activity to spot predators or prey: it raises itself up on its hind legs, supported by its tail. There is a red variant subspecies. Like most monitor lizards it is a carnivore that will eat anything it can cram into its mouth. It has suffered significant population decline from the infestation of toxic Cane Toads in Australia.