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Tegu (left) and monitor lizard (right)

Tegu vs Monitor Lizard: which one is right for you?

Monitor lizards and tegu lizards are an example of two families of big lizards which evolved from a same ancestor, but are actually quite different from one another. They can both make excellent pets under the right care and conditions, but there are considerable differences in personality and husbandry requirements you should be aware of. Differences Between Monitor and Tegu Lizards Tegu Lizards Monitor Lizards Generally larger in size (3.5-5… Read More »Tegu vs Monitor Lizard: which one is right for you?

Can Savannah monitors eat eggs?

Can Savannah monitors eat eggs?

Savannah monitors can eat eggs. Chicken and quail eggs, whether raw, cooked, with, or without shells, are all safe for Savannah monitors to consume. In the wild, monitor lizards regurarly prey on bird eggs and have also been observed feeding on eggs laid by other lizards and reptiles. Because eggs are a great source of protein and their shells primarily made of calcium, it is better to feed them whole.… Read More »Can Savannah monitors eat eggs?

Can Savannah monitors eat fish?

Can Savannah monitors eat fish?

Savannah monitors are mainly insectivores (= they mosly eat insects), but they can also eat fish on occasion. As a matter of fact, fish is one of the best sources of lean protein you can feed to your Savannah monitor. When choosing the best fish for Savannah monitor, it is best to opt for small, whole freshwater fish such as perch, tilapia, catfish (in moderation) and sunfish. You can also… Read More »Can Savannah monitors eat fish?

Komodo Dragon with open mouth and hidden teeth

Komodo Dragon Bite, Teeth and Venom

The Komodo dragon is the largest, most famous, and arguably also the most dangerous monitor lizard out there. Renowned for their lethality, Komodo dragons have deadly venomous bites and razor-sharp teeth which they use to hunt, kill and eat their preys. Surprisingly, the bite of a Komodo dragon is not very strong, and its teeth are more suitable for cutting than crushing. What makes this reptile so deadly is the… Read More »Komodo Dragon Bite, Teeth and Venom

Nile Monitor (Varanus niloticus)

Are monitor lizards dangerous?

Monitor lizards are large, intelligent reptiles that can grow up to 10 feet in size and some of the most threatening animals out there: almost all species are carnivores, venomous, and equipped with sharp claws and bone-crushing teeth. Yet, they are not generally considered dangerous to humans and surprisingly common as house pets. Komodo dragon, the most dangerous monitor lizard The largest and most famous species of monitor lizard is… Read More »Are monitor lizards dangerous?

Komodo Dragon, the largest species of monitor lizard

Komodo Dragon As a Pet? Here’s What You Need To Know

The Komodo Dragon is one of the largest, scariest, and most magnificent reptiles out there. Unfortunately, they are a protected species and illegal to own. And in any case, you would not want to keep one as a pet. Komodo dragons are massive 10-feet long, 300-pound heavy beasts that would be incredibly difficult to feed and care for. Not to mention the fact that they have strong teeth and a… Read More »Komodo Dragon As a Pet? Here’s What You Need To Know

Ackie Monitor Lizard

Names for Monitor Lizard

Are you adopting a monitor lizard and looking for ideas on how to name your new pet? Have a look below for some inspiration, with our list of names suitable for Ackies, Savannah monitors, Nile monitors, and Asian Water Monitors of any gender. We selected a few names inspired by the world of lizards, dragons, pop culture and mythology, or which we simply found to be especially suited or funny… Read More »Names for Monitor Lizard

Can a monitor eat your cat or dog?

Can you keep monitor lizards with cats and dogs?

Monitor lizards are becoming increasingly common as house pets. After all, there are some species which are relatively docile, smart, fun to keep around, and not dangerous to humans. But if you have cats, dogs or other small animals in your house, then you may wonder if it’s safe to let them play together given how big a monitor can get in size. Can monitor lizards live with cats? Whether… Read More »Can you keep monitor lizards with cats and dogs?

Can lizards love?

Do lizards have feelings?

Reptiles are generally known for being somewhat apathetic and not particularly cuddly as pets, but many of them do in fact feel emotions. Reptile owners know that their snakes and lizards react differently when they are around, and some of the more intelligent species like bearded dragons, tegus and monitor lizards, are even considered to be capable of “affection”. Can lizards love  Love is an already ill-defined concept when it… Read More »Do lizards have feelings?

Asian Monitor Lizard

Monitor Lizard Care Tips

Caring for a monitor lizard is no easy feat as these animals require daily attention and specific environmental conditions in order to thrive and be happy. If you own a Savannah monitor or any big lizard, you need to make sure that they have daily access to food, water and entertainment, that their environment is clean and has adequate sources of light and heat, and to carry out health checks… Read More »Monitor Lizard Care Tips