MONITORS Species :
Here we will list the most popular species in pet trade nowadays ..
If you want to know more about all the species .. Then you need to read the wikipedia article here
Types of Monitors:
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.
1- Blue-Tailed Monitor ( Varanus doreanus)
The blue-tailed monitor gets its name from the blue bands on its tail. It can be found in Australia, New Guinea, and various islands. It can spend time on land, in the water, and in trees. This lizard can grow up to four feet in length and can be tamed over time.
- Blue Tail Monitor (Varanus doreanus) Care Sheet
courtesy to : www.reptipro.com/care-sheets/lizards/
Blue tail monitors are found on New Guinea and some of the surrounding islands. These lizards are closely related to the peach throat monitor and the mangrove monitor. Each of the three species of monitor lizards utilizes different habitats in New Guinea. Blue tail monitors can usually be found near open forests, riverbanks, and fallen trees. Sub-adult and juvenile blue tail monitors can be found in trees, while adults are typically found on the ground. With proper feeding, blue tail monitors grow quickly and adults can reach 4-5 feet in total length. With proper care blue tails can live 10-15 years in captivity. Like most monitors, blue tails are nervous captives and may take some time to tame down. Ideally, the cage should include multiple hiding spots to provide a sense of security.
Temperature and UV Lighting
Blue tail monitors should be maintained between 85-90 degrees with a basking spot of 95 degrees. At night the temperature can drop to 75 degrees. Hours of daylight should be 12L/12D during a 24 hour period. Humidity should also be maintained at 70%-90%. UVB lighting is not a must for monitors, but is recommended. UVB lighting enables reptiles to metabolize calcium, by creating Vitamin D3. However, because their diet consists of rodents and other live prey, they can usually receive enough D3 and calcium through their diet. The bones of the prey will provide calcium, while the liver will provide Vitamin D3. Also it is very important to change your UVB light every 6-8 months, after this time the light stops producing adequate UVB. If you’re not sure if your UV light is still producing UVB, bring it in and we’ll be happy to test the light for you.
Baby blue tail monitors can be kept in a 29 gallon vivarium but they grow quickly and will soon need larger housing. Adult blue tail monitors should be kept in a vivarium that is at least 6’ x 2’ x 4’.
Our recommendation for bedding is bark or coconut bark, this bedding holds moisture very well and duplicates their natural environment.
Blue tail monitors are opportunistic hunters and are known to eat almost anything. Ideal foods are; mice, rats, fish, crawdads, crickets, superworms, nightcrawlers, beef heart, and hard boiled eggs. A mixed diet of these food items, four to five times per week, is ideal and will ensure proper growth and health.
A calcium and vitamin supplement should be put on all food that does not contain bones. When feeding your monitor mice, rats, or fish, no supplement is needed.
courtesy to : www.philipniceguyexotics.co.uk/caresheets/blue-tail
Common name: Blue tail monitor
Scientific name: Varanus doreanus
Maximum adult size: 145cm
Average adult size: 120cm
Minimum enclosure size: 180cm by 150cm by 180cm (L,W,H) for a single animal
Style of enclosure: prefer the trees but are active everywhere in the viv at one point or another
soil, coco coir, sand mix at a ratio of 40/40/20 seems best
Description of what’s needed:
stunning colouration and type and pattern can vary a lot with these. Can be rather shy slow to adapt monitor but most come round in time unlike there more colourful relation the tri-coloured monitor. Providing lots of climbable stuff like cork bark, logs, shelf's, faux walls will all aid in them getting the most out of the setup, a small pool is useful to these for sure. loads of hides of suitable size is important as these are often shy imports, failing to provide suitable safe hides could result in extreme stress for these while young. A truly great monitor but correctly allowing them to get over there shyness is hugely important for these monitors, breaking or unwilling owners to cater for this should stay clear of them. Saying all that once accustomed to you there great to work with.
Basking: 50’c - 80’c ideal 64’c - Provided by: 1 x 100w par30 FL and 2x 70w metal halide UVB reptile bulb, spaced 20cm apart
Ambient: 28’c - 35’c ideal 30’c - Provided by: basking bulb heat, Tube heater or floor heating of some kind
Humidity: 70% - 90% ideal 80% - Provided by: deep substrate & misting every few days
Prey items readily taken by my animals: roaches of all shapes and sizes, locusts, crickets, worms, moths, mice, rats, chicks, sprats, herring, prawns, roach fish and plenty of other whole prey items
While young they will eat various insects with pinkies cut up other items like mice, sprats and chicks. As they grow whole items not cut up can be offered and there interest in insects remains strong so should always be offered. I feed them daily as babies every other day as juveniles and as adults twice a week. I also supplement on every feed with Repashy calcium plus with tiny sprinkle on each item.
I'm not able to comment on this yet as haven't attempted to breed them
Other websites :
Hand Feeding a BIG Blue Tail Monitor-Varanus Doreanus
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BlueTailed Monitor Handling
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Taming Lizards-Varanus Doreanus
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