Heath Monitor?

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    Came across this one today, seen them in this area before, some are almost completely black.
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    Plenty of these in same area, they seem to co-exist well, one summer evening I counted 9 on a 2 kilometre walk, lot of cicada activity and they seemed to be stalking whatever was eating the cicadas.

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    First photo's a Heath Monitor (Varanus rosenbergi). You can tell the difference between Heath Monitors and Lace Monitors by the consistency of banding in the tail. Heath Monitors have even banding, whereas a Lace Monitor's banding is irregular, often becoming thicker towards the end of the tail. Lace Monitors also tend to have prominent banding across the chin.
     
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    Yes and I think Laceys have a round tail section, is it unusual for Heaths to be almost black?
     
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    It's not particularly unusual. Heaths in NSW are generally darker than other populations.
     
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