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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?

Monitor Lizard Taking a Bath

Big Lizard Enrichment: How to entertain your Monitor Lizard

Monitor lizards, on par with tegus, are amongst the most highly intelligent reptiles out there. If you are keeping a big lizard as a pet, you will be amazed by their inquisitive nature, memory and awareness. As smart creatures, though, they tend to get bored easily and it is important for you as a caregiver to provide enough stimuli to keep them intellectually stimulated. This is called “enrichment”, and can… Read More »Big Lizard Enrichment: How to entertain your Monitor Lizard

Monitor Lizard as Pet

Can you keep a monitor lizard as a pet?

Monitor lizards are becoming increasingly common as pets and they can make for a great reptile companion under the right circumstances. They are highly intelligent, quite interactive, and can be tamed and even trained. Keeping a monitor lizard is however a huge commitment, both in terms of time and costs, and caring for large, exotic wild animals is definitely not for everyone. Monitor Lizard Pets Many species of monitor lizards… Read More »Can you keep a monitor lizard as a pet?