The Knobtail


Odatria is a subgenus of the genus Varanus containing several species of Dwarf Monitor Lizards indigenous to Australia and Indonesia. Dwarf monitors are quite exciting to observe as they can be very active and personable with proper care.  Currently, we only work with Australian Odatria including Varanus acanthurus and Varanus pilbarensis with plans to expand our Odatria collection in the foreseeable future.

Varanus acanthurus acanthurus


Varanus acanthurus, better know as Ackie or Ridge Tailed monitors, are very active monitors and are a great introductory species for anyone who has had an itch to get a dwarf monitor.  They are reasonably easy to get to thrive in captivity provided that proper housing and diet is maintained. 

Up until recently Varanus acanthurus was classified into three subspecies: V. acanthururs acanthurus (known commonly as V.a.a or true red ackies), V. acanthurus brachyurus (known commonly as V.a.b or yellow ackies) and V. acanthurus insulanicus (island spiny tailed monitor).  Insulaticus is not know to exist in hepetoculture outside of Australia.  

There has been enormous confusion, differentiating between V.a.a and V.a.b, by the trend of defining the spp. by color rather than scientific name or geographical origin.  This has led to crosses between the spp. within the hobby.  We have worked especially hard to obtain animals with known lineage to maintain purity.  For the sake of not adding anymore confusion, we will continue to use the subspecies name for differentiation purposes.  Currently we only work with V.a.a and don't have any immediate plans to work with V.a.b in the future.  We have various groups we are working with which typically display deep red coloration.

Varanus pilbarensis


Varanus pilbarensis, also known as the Northern Pilbara Rock monitor, is endemic to the northern Pilbara region of West Australia.  These monitors are fairly shy and are found in rocky habitats in their natural range.  They are extremely quick, especially for their  average adult total length of 18 inches (about two thirds of that length being the tail).  We've recently acquired group of juveniles to start a breeding project.  We keep a secured flagstone stack in each enclosure about 5 inches away from the basking light and plenty of hiding areas.  Our pilbarensis generally display a high red coloration and exceptional patterns.