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Are Monitor Lizards For Sale Venomous?

November 21st, 2018 by

For those who prefer larger pets, monitor lizards for sale might be their ideal option. However, many wonder if these larger monitor lizards for sale from online breeders are venomous. These larger lizards are native to Africa, Asia and Australia. They have powerful tails, long necks and well-developed limbs. Currently, there is about 75 known species of monitor lizards, with new lizards discovered from time to time. Monitor lizards do produce a mild anticoagulant venom and are considered by some to be venomous. However, their bite isn’t fatal to humans. Bites will be painful and make the surface of the skin swell up, though.

Things You Must Consider Before Purchasing These Exotic Lizards

Monitor lizards for sale are thought as exotic pets by many. These exotic lizards are not for most beginner reptile owners. Although these intelligent and large exotic lizards have become popular in the reptile pet trade, there are things to consider before purchasing one. Depending on the species, they can grow relatively large and can be rather strong. This is why monitor lizards should not have free roam of homes with children, infants or small animals.

Buy Lizards Online

If you are a seasoned reptile owner and decide you’d like to go forward with owning a monitor lizard, it’s a good idea to look for one online. When you buy lizards online, you have a better chance of finding the perfect monitor lizard since traditional pet shops don’t usually carry a large variety due to space restrictions. Just make sure that you buy lizards online from reputable breeders or conscientious retailers. It’s also wise to get recommendations from forums as to which breeders or retailers to buy from. Don’t forget to also read reviews on breeders before you buy lizards online as pets. All this ensures that you get a healthy monitor lizard delivered to your front door!

Other Reptile Pets To Choose From

If knowing that monitor lizards are considered venomous makes you rethink your decision to buy one, there are many other reptile pets to choose from. Reptile pets are becoming increasingly popular over traditional cat and dog pets because they’re easy to care for and are fun to own. Other reptile pet options include snakes, tortoises and smaller lizards. These reptile pets have no fur, so you won’t have to worry about pet dander if you’re allergic. Plus, they are a lot less messy than other pets. They’ll live in their tank or vivarium for the majority of their time. Depending on the species, feeding can be as little once a week to every other day.

Baby Savannah Monitor Lizards as pets – learn before you buy

March 14th, 2016 by

Its spring time and baby lizards and snakes of all types are beginning to show up in captive collections and at wholesalers across the country. As one of the staples of the pet reptile market, baby Savannah Monitor Lizards have been farm bred and imported from Africa for years. As a responsible pet owner it is imperative to learn as much as you can about your next pet before making that commitment and luckily there is a ton of information about the savannah monitor available to date. This article will focus on natural history, diet, caging and genetic mutations of one of the most readily recognized reptile pets around.

Where do Savannah monitors come from?

Savannah Monitors (Varanus exanthematicus) are also known as the Bosc’s monitor as a reference to the scientist who first described them in 1792 Louis Bosc. They are a medium sized lizard that rarely exceeds four feet in length and has a stocky body type with large beaded scales. They are found in a variety of earth tone colors that vary regionally and tend to match their surroundings in order to aid in camouflage. They are found in central Africa from Senegal to Sudan but the bulk of the babies that are imported into the United States originate in Ghana which also happens to be the port of importation for most of the baby Ball Pythons we see every summer. They are found in the wild in burrows and small shrubs and bushes and are not as large or as defensive as their close cousins the White Throat Monitors or the Black Throat Monitors.

What is the right setup for the Savannah Monitor Lizard?

Baby Savannah Monitors are a very hardy pet and can adapt to most living situations but having the correct setup and diet can make a big difference in your pet’s long term health and happiness. The first thing to consider is the adult size of the lizard, which can exceed four feet in length and weigh ten to fifteen pounds. Many keepers tend to keep savannahs loose in the house when they reach adulthood and this has to do with this animal’s docile nature and ability to coexist with other household pets such as cats and dogs. As the animal is growing it is best to keep it in a large terrarium with a flat terrain that includes hiding spots and low sturdy branches for climbing and basking. Heat lamps and UVB lighting is an absolute must to ensure proper digestion and bone density. The most common mistake keepers make is feeding their pets a high rodent diet, which tends to clog their digestive system and give them a bloated and overweight appearance. In the wild the Savannah Monitor has an almost exclusive insect based diet that includes grass hoppers, millipedes and scorpions.

Finding the Savannah monitor for sale

There is a large number of baby Savannah monitors for sale every spring and although the baby season is rather short there seems to be enough supply to meet the demand every year. There are very few people breeding these lizards and that seems to be completely financial based and when you do find actual captive bred and born Savannahs they tend to demand a price in the hundreds of dollars. Color mutations such as the Axanthic, Hypomelanistic, Melanistic and both T- and T+ Albinos have been collected and imported into the United States but captive born babies are still not available on the market. When choosing a baby Savannah Monitor for sale it is important to establish that the babies are feeding and acclimated at the time of purchase and if they are older imports it is wise to get them dewormed. At xyzReptiles we have a small number of fresh baby Savannah Monitors for sale that are fed an insect based diet and are growing nicely before being shipped out.