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Delucchi add that the big lizard should not be housed with other pets. The Humane Society would prefer to place Tony with an experienced reptile owner. Tony's adoption fee is $100, which is well below the amount someone might pay to purchase an adult tegu from a pet store.
This list started off well, but the last two suggestions are terrible. Iguanas do not make good pets for anyone but the most experienced reptile handlers. Their cages will be expensive ($3,000-$10,000) even if you custom make a cage for them it will run you over $1,000. They are territorial and can harm adults and could potentially kill a child. This should be listed under the worst reptile pets. Anoles should not be housed in groups as males will harass females. They also require tons of space and full spectrum lighting. They are very difficult to keep despite their abundance in the wild. Much better choices in addition to the leopard gecko, bearded dragon, and blue tongue skink: ackie monitors, fat-tailed geckos, crested geckos, gargoyle geckos, and even an Argentine black and white tegu (can get fairly big, but other than that easy to tame and raise). Almost any list of the worst lizard pets will list the Iguana, and many of them list anoles. Availability is important, but if it's a large and aggressive animal, it should not be on any recommendation list.
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If you have the room for a big lizard and the time and patience to interact with him, a monitor will make a great addition to your home. For the right person, he can be a fun pet and companion that enjoys your company and interaction.Nile monitors are best for very experienced large lizard keepers. They have a reputation for aggressiveness, but proper daily handling can turn these intelligent and curious creatures into excellent pets. They generally grow to around 5 feet, but lengths of up to 8 feet are not uncommon. Like all large lizards, they require an enclosure at least twice as long as their bodies, but as they enjoy climbing and swimming, they also need at least 8 feet in height and a water dish big enough for their bodies. Many Nile monitor owners eventually dedicate a small bedroom to their lizards. They are carnivores and require a variety of small animals in their daily diet.Monitor species are not beginner's pets. They are not for anyone who is just looking for a big lizard to impress people. It is recommended that you have a few years experience with reptiles, especially large lizards. It would be even better if you could work with monitor species before purchasing your own. Do as much research as you can from different sources, join forums and ask questions. You can never be too prepared!Great Amazon Must Haves for any Reptile Owner:
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Let other people have cats and dogs! Jungle Bob is here to show you that owning a pet reptile or amphibian is not as crazy as you might think. In this video, he tells you five cool facts about crocodile monitors, also known as monitor lizards and Salvadori's monitor.
Fascination with reptiles often comes from a fascination with dinosaurs. And there are a few reptiles that really conjure up your imagination when you see them for the first time.
One of them is the crocodile monitor of Southeast Asia. This is almost a living dinosaur in its appearance. In fact, he's a celebrity lizard of sorts. The movie Jurassic Park, which made dinosaurs famous in the United States, actually used the crocodile monitor's face for some of the scenes because he's got that formidable looking eye that kind of looks right through you. They used him as the Velociraptor in that movie.
The actual history of crocodile monitors is much more interesting. Not much is known about where these creatures come from. They lived way up in the canopy in Southeast Asia, Borneo and places like that. And not much is known about their habits. No one has ever seen eggs hatch, no one has ever seen them mate. People don't know exactly what they do or how big they can get.
Natives who live in the area said they get in excess of six meters which would be an 18 foot lizard. My little friend here is about seven or eight feet long at the moment and that's predominantly tail.
You want to be careful with an animal like this. As far as what I'm doing, I don't recommend the average person do so. This animal has a formidable set of teeth. Triangular serrated teeth that are designed to rip flesh from its victims. Its claws are little razor blades that are digging into my right wrist as we talk. They are slicers. They will disembowel an animal much like the Velociraptor in Jurassic Park. That's how they kill their prey.
They live entirely in the canopy of the forest and use their incredibly long tail, almost like a fulcrum. To some degree, they can wrap and grab with it. It's not totally prehensile, but it's pretty close. It's also a formidable weapon if an animal would come across one they don't like, they'd whip the tail in its direction and that can cause an animal to lose its eye.
The crocodile monitor is not something to be reckoned with. I'd certainly not recommend it to anybody as a pet. If it did get 18 feet long, it would be a monster on four feet.