Varanus gilleni

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Varanus gilleni.

Common name:   Pygmy mulga monitor.

Subgenus:            Odatria.

Described:            1895 Lucas & Frost.

Gilleni is a small/medium member of the Odatria genus. They can normally reach a length of up to about 40cm. 


Gilleni love a high cage, so a cae with the following measures can be used. 60x60x120cm ( length X wide X high ) cage.

 As other monitors they are active during the day, and will use all the space avaible to them. So it is important to give them as much usable surface as possible. With gilleni we create the usable surface by using cork tubes. It is also possible to add cork sheets on the walls to give them even more usable surface.

 A deep layer of  sandy soil is good as substrate, as it gives the female plenty of opportunities for a good nest site.

Light / heat.

 LED tubes are used as main light.

UV is provided by a single UV tube with a reflector.

 As basking light we use nornal halogen spot bulbs.

 The daytime temperature inside the cage is 28-32c.

Basking area should be around 45-50c.


 Gilleni is mainly insectivore lixards, and our diet for them is made up by the following: crickets, wax worms, grasshoppers, superworms, dubia and red runners.