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Are Monitor Lizards Legal in Canada?

Depending on where you are located, you may or may not be able to keep a Monitor lizard as a pet in Canada.

British Columbia allows the possession of most Monitor lizards which are commonly found in the pet trade, with some exceptions.

Some of the most popular pet Monitor lizards, 如 Ackie Monitors (Varanus acanthurus), Savannah Monitors (发疹巨蜥), 和 Timor Monitors (Varanus timorensis) are generally allowed.

Smaller species of Monitor lizards are allowed in British Columbia, but not in Toronto
Smaller species of Monitor lizards are allowed in British Columbia.

This is however not the case for Ontario, and the regulations can vary from city to city.

例如, Toronto has stricter regulations that prevent all species of Monitor lizards to be kept as pet.

If you are planning to adopt a pet Monitor, make sure to check your local regulations.

Below is a list of Monitor lizard species that are prohibited to keep in Canada (including BC):

  • 科莫多巨蜥 (Varanus komodoensis)
  • 尼罗河监视器 (尼罗巨蜥)
  • Perentie Monitor (Varanus giganteus)
  • Variegated Monitor (Varanus varius)
  • 水监测器 (巨蜥救世主)
  • Bengal Monitor (Varanus bengalensis)
  • Crocodile Monitor (Varanus salvadori)

All these species of Monitor lizards are 非法拥有, breed and transport anywhere in Canada.

If a species is not listed above, it may be allowed, but a permit may be required depending on its size and your specific area of residence.

  • 艾奇监视器 (Varanus acanthurus)
  • 萨凡纳监视器 (发疹巨蜥)
  • 亚洲水监测 (巨蜥救世主)
  • Pygmy Mulga Monitor (Varanus gilleni)
  • Timor Monitor (Varanus timorensis)
  • Any other Varanidae not listed as a prohibited species

Restricted species of monitor lizards can be owned, bred and transported without a permit if they are smaller than two metres (this is usually the case for smaller species like Ackie monitors).

A permit is required if the lizard reaches a length of over two metres as an adult.

All species of Monitor lizards, regardless of size, cannot be released in the wild under any circumstances.

Again, regulations vary between regions and sometimes even cities.

资源: List of Controlled Alien Species in British Columbia (Updated December 2012)


很遗憾, it is not possible to legally own a Monitor lizard in Toronto.

This is in accordance to the TORONTO MUNICIPAL CODE CHAPTER 349, ANIMALS which states that the following animals are prohibited:

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REPTILES
Crocodylia (such as alligators, 鳄鱼, gavials)
All snakes which reach an adult length larger than 3 metres
All lizards which reach an adult length larger than 2 metres
OTHER
All venomous and poisonous animals

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Sadly, all Monitor lizards fall into one or both of the categories highlighted above.

Even though most Monitors that are kept as pets do not reach 2 metres in length as adults, all species are venomous and therefore forbidden in Toronto.

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