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
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.