Varanus g. flavirufus.
Common name: Sand monitor.
Described: 1942 Mertens( V.g.f ). 1991 Böhme( V.f.f )
Flavirufus is a member of the Varanus genus. They normally reach a total length of up to 80cm.
The flavirufus we keep are still very young animals so the cages are raise up cages with the following measures, 130x70x100cm ( long x high x deep ).
They are very active monitors, and will use all the space avaiable to them. As substratewe use a sandy soil that gets a bit hard when dry. They have some cork tubes on the bottom as hides.
Light / heat.
LED tubes are used as main light. they are 6000-6500k.
UV light is provided by a single t5 UV tube.
As basking lights we use normal halogen flood bulbs.
Day time temperature inside the cages are 30-33c.
Basking areas are around 45-55c.
Flavirufus are opportunistic hunters, and will more or less consume anything smaller then themselves.
We feed our flavirufus with the following foood items; chicken heart, chopped day old chicks, frog legs, dubia, grasshoppers.
Flavirufus is the smallest subspecies in the Gouldii complex.
In the private reptile hobby many of the Gouldii / Flavirufus are hybrids ( they are crossed with V. panoptes ), but we are lucky enough to have been able to get some pure Flavirufus.