Varanus ornatus Northern Angola

Varanus ornatus Northern Angola

Postby Warren Klein » Sun Feb 24, 2013 11:34 am

Took these pics just before release. Note the 6 rows of ocelli between the shoulders and hips as well as the pink tongue which differentiates V. ornatus from V. niloticus.

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A parting splash!

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Re: Varanus ornatus Northern Angola

Postby Serpent » Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:16 am

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Re: Varanus ornatus Northern Angola

Postby Bushviper » Mon Feb 25, 2013 10:46 am

I think these are the first photos I have seen of this species.
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Re: Varanus ornatus Northern Angola

Postby Kennyakagera » Mon Feb 25, 2013 12:51 pm

Angain, Fantastic.
What a beatuty !

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Re: Varanus ornatus Northern Angola

Postby Warren Klein » Mon Feb 25, 2013 4:17 pm

Since this species has not been posted here before I decided that the previous pictures didn’t quite do justice to represent this beautiful varanid, so I have added some of my older pics to this thread to give people a better idea of what the Ornate water monitor Varanus ornatus really looks like. Firstly these monitors are more often associated with forests but these ones where captured in palm savanna habitat close to the shores of the Congo river on the Angolan side. Varanus ornatus normally has 4-6 rows of ocelli between the shoulders and hips where V. niloticus have 6-11 rows of ocelli. Varanus ornatus also has a pink tongue where V. niloticus has a blue/ purple tongue. I also notice that the Ornate water monitor has a more robust jaw than that of the Nile monitor.

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After a swim in the surf
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The beach master on patrol!
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An opportunistic scavenger
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Raiding a sea turle nest
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Eating a dead Olive ridley turle hatchling
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Moving off with a full belly
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Note the pink tongue
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Ornate water monitor in coastal palm savanna habitat of North Angola
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This one had had enough of me and jumped onto my leg and tied to bite!
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Re: Varanus ornatus Northern Angola

Postby Kennyakagera » Tue Feb 26, 2013 12:34 am

And again Warren, amazing post They look amazing, and not to scared either.
Nice !
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Re: Varanus ornatus Northern Angola

Postby top dog » Tue Feb 26, 2013 10:48 am

great pics
thanks
apparently the ornate niles are far calmer and make far better captives
would love a monitor that beautiful and with the size potential
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Re: Varanus ornatus Northern Angola

Postby Warren Klein » Tue Feb 26, 2013 11:45 am

Thanks again Kenny and top dog. They may be a bit calmer than V. niloticus but I don't think by much. You can't beat a nice V. albigularis or a V. salvator for a large captive varanid. It's strange how different the temperaments of the African and Asian water monitors are.
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Re: Varanus ornatus Northern Angola

Postby Kennyakagera » Tue Feb 26, 2013 2:13 pm

Agreed Warren,

I wouldn't say that Warren, You should meet my "baby" (not a baby anymore though, 90 cm of an amazing Varanus niloticus) she is to most amazing animal I have ever kept (with my Causus resimus of course!)...
From almost hatchling that I caught myself and it's been 2 and half years now, she is amazingly tame, I can do everything with her, every morning I would put my hand in the cage call her and she will casually come out and jump on my arm, climb up to my neck and stay there while I'm having breakfast , enjoy the warmth and the sun.
She does have a problem with my ears though and would nipped them with she has the occasion but nothing serious.
I have always heard horrible things about V.niloticus in captivity and it makes me angry because with a bit of patience and time they become amazing pets and they really are clever... Can't compare to any other Varanids because I never kept any other...

I might create a post an her ! :-D

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Re: Varanus ornatus Northern Angola

Postby Warren Klein » Tue Feb 26, 2013 2:47 pm

Then you are lucky to have an exceptional specimen or you have the right touch because most Nile's don't settle well into captivity and remain very nervous even when captive bred.
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Re: Varanus ornatus Northern Angola

Postby Kennyakagera » Tue Feb 26, 2013 2:55 pm

Let's say I have the right touch, aha just kidding, I'm must be lucky so I guess and I can't realise a monitor lizard being agressif, how wierd ? ...
It's still an amzing species in any case and very intersting to observe in their natural habitat. I envy you with that ornatus and it's actually pretty weird to see them in an "open environment".
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Re: Varanus ornatus Northern Angola

Postby Robyn@TRR » Wed Feb 27, 2013 11:36 am

Amazing pics, thanks!
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Re: Varanus ornatus Northern Angola

Postby Warren Klein » Sat Mar 02, 2013 12:32 pm

Thanks Robyn, I am a big fan of the great work you guys did with monitors at PE.
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