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Honkers: Those cute snake-tongued guys grow into huge honker lizards that eventually need their own room. You can keep baby Nile monitors in aquariums for a while, but these guys will all need a bathtub-sized swimming pool when fully grown. These are definitely not a lizard for youngsters to keep.
Environments: Nile monitors come from the river banks of Africa. Any critter that invades crocodile nests and eats their eggs is a force to be reckoned with (or avoided). They like climbing areas and swim more than some other monitors. They need a large swimming “pool.” When young, Nile monitors love climbing and swimming. As they grow, they spend even less time in the water. Baby Nile monitors need lots of swimming room and love being misted.
Temperature: Monitors demand 85o or better during the day. Too cool temperatures make them susceptible to disease. High temperatures speed up their metabolism. This helps them digest their food more easily and fight off diseases. Sick monitors often respond to temperatures around 100o. Take your ill monitor to a good lizard vet fast. We like Rick Harmon.
Lighting: Nile monitors need full-spectrum fluorescent lighting or daily
sessions in real sunlight. The
closer they can climb to your bulbs, the better your bulbs work.
Supplements: Because the bones of small Nile monitors grow so much, your baby monitors need calcium and vitamin supplements dusted on their food.
Heat: An under-cage
heater plus a basking heat source make a good combination. Provide a range
of temperatures for your Nile monitor if possible. Heat
rocks also provide a good basking site.
Clean your heat rock often to discourage bacterial growth.
Water: Nile monitors love soaking in the water. They also enjoy catching fish swimming in their water bowl. And they love turning over their water dish and making a royal mess. They snake their head under it and flip it over. Possibly trying to hide, looking for food, or just having fun. Use a very heavy water container or buy a heavy-duty mop. Use a deep container, because they tend to overflow their container.
Handling: Savanna and water monitors tame quite easily.
Handle them often.
Inquisitive: Nile monitors like to explore their surroundings. Give them branches and rocks to climb on and caves to explore. If you provide them a diggable substrate, they will probably burrow into it for fun. They like variety.
Biters: In the Nile monitor’s high school Year Book, Varanus niloticus was voted “most likely to bite.”
Last Words: Remember that Nile monitors walk around in their own digested food. This means they probably carry salmonella. Wash your hands after handling all reptiles. Also, don’t feel too bad if your Nile monitor never grows to full size. We rarely see full grown ones. LA.
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