Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
School of Natural Sciences
Faculty of Computing, Health and Science
Dr Graham Thompson
This study examines numerous aspects of the ecology and behaviour of Merten's Water Monitor, Varanus mertensi (Reptilia: Varanidae) including; daily behaviour, diet, foraging behaviour, reproductive seasonality and daily and long-term movements. Findings from over two years of field study of V. mertensi found in waterbodies of both the Ord River Irrigation Scheme and surrounding East Kimberley/Victoria River Downs bioregion of Western Australia are presented. This study simultaneously broadens our understanding of the family Varanidae and provides insight into the life of a semi-aquatic faunal species found in waterbodies of the Ord River Irrigation Scheme.
Mayes, P. J. (2006). The ecology and behaviour of Varanus mertensi (Reptilia: Varanidae). https://ro.ecu.edu.au/theses/42