Which of the World's Largest Lizards Make Good Pets
Feb 2, 2016 - Unlike some larger lizards, Argentine tegus make amenable pets
Although they do grow quite large, there are many species of monitor lizards that can be trained to be friendly family pets. Some Savannahs and Black Throats can be trained to go for walks on leashes, watch television with their owner, and even go on road trips. They can prove to be quite interactive companions with proper husbandry and attention.
Which monitor lizards make the best pets? We ship out a lot of monitor lizards here at Backwater Reptiles – they’re popular reptile pets! Because monitor lizards can grow to a large size quite quickly, we wanted to make sure potential new owners get as much info as possible and know exactly what they are in for long term. That’s why this blog entry is all about our most popular monitor lizards.
Unlike some larger lizards, Argentine tegus make amenable pets.
Original question: How good are large lizards as pets
Although there are over 70 different species of monitor lizards, only a few are commonly found in the pet trade. The types available range from small to large and live in different habitats. Below is a list of some of the more common types found as pets. The list is not all-inclusive and other species may be available.Are monitor lizards safe pets? Again, it’s a large, diverse group of lizards. Some are virtually untameable while others are perfectly safe to keep as pets.Monitors as Pets Monitor lizards are not for everyone. A monitor can be a fun, exciting, and tame pet, but caring for one takes a bit of work. You have to provide a suitable and often very large habitat, the correct foods, and daily attention.Aside from a few scattered observations of nocturnal foraging, monitor lizards are primarily diurnal. One exception is the twilight goanna (Varanus glebopalma), which is often observed remaining active after dark. Otherwise, twilight goannas are largely similar to other medium-size monitors. They primarily consume insects and small lizards, although they occasionally prey upon rodents or snakes. Occasionally kept as pets in their native Australia, these lizards are rarely seen in North American collections.History: The Savannah monitor lizard is large reptile that can be found in the wild in the Ghana, Northern Zaire, and Togo areas of Africa. At one time, Savannah monitor lizards were held in high regard by the African tribal people, and some tribes considered them sacred or divine animals. Today, Savannah monitor lizards are hunted for their skin, popular zoo attractions and cherished pets by reptile enthusiast throughout the world.The Savannah monitor is arguably the most docile of the large lizards. When raised in captivity and handled every day, Savannah monitors are generally tame. Savannah monitors are intelligent and prefer daily schedules and routines. The Savannah monitor can be considered an entry-level monitor, but not an entry-level lizard. Savannah monitors grow to lengths of around 4 feet and require a cage at least double the size of their bodies. They have strict requirements for heat and humidity levels. They are carnivores, and their diet in captivity generally includes mice or rats. Savannah monitors make excellent pets for those who are experienced with smaller lizards and have room for a large enclosure.