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Following are our collection of images of the Black Headed Goanna (Varanus tristis) taken at the Alice Springs Reptile Centre.

Black Headed Goanna (Varanus tristis), Alice Springs Reptile Centre
Black Headed Goanna (Varanus tristis), Alice Springs Reptile Centre

The Black Headed Goanna is a shy, fast moving goanna. It has a dark brown to black coloured head, a characteristic of most adults of this species from the western and central parts of its range. Its diet consists of large insects, lizards, nestling birds, mouse sized mammals and marsupials.


  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Reptilia
  • Order: Squamata
  • Family: Varanidae
  • Genus: Varanus
  • Subgenus: Odatria
  • Species: V. tristis
  • Binomial name: Varanus tristis

Alice Springs Reptile CentreAustralian Green Tree Frog Australian Saltwater Crocodile Black Headed Goanna Black-headed Python Central Carpet Python Central Netted Dragon Centralian Blue Tongue Lizard Coastal Taipan Collett’s Snake Diamond Head Turtle Eastern Brown Snake Frilled Neck Lizard Gidgee Skink Inland / Central Bearded Dragon King Brown Snake Northern Giant Cave Gecko Perentie Spencer’s Goanna Thorny Devil Western Brown Snake

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