Monitor Ownership: Important Points to Consider

Discussion in 'Monitors & Tegus' started by herpetologist frank, Aug 3, 2014.

  1. herpetologist frank

    herpetologist frank New Member

    Hi, Frank Indiviglio here. I’m a herpetologist, zoologist, and book author, recently retired from a career spent at several zoos, aquariums, and museums, including over 20
    Each of the many monitors under my care at zoos and in my own collection has left me with the feeling that they are somehow “more complicated” than other reptiles. Recent research into their breeding and hunting strategies bears this out…monitors do indeed appear to be the most advanced of all lizards. Pets often become unusually responsive to their owners, who sometimes ascribe mammal-like qualities to these fascinating reptiles.
    Among the monitors we also find the world’s largest lizards, a fact which adds to their allure. But giants such as the Water, Lace, Crocodile and Nile Monitors are tough to manage even in zoos, and are suitable only for those few keepers with the knowledge, space, maturity and finances to meet their needs. More importantly, it must be understood that all monitors can inflict severe injuries…in fact, fatalities are a real possibility where young children or incapacitated adults are concerned. Today I’ll review some important points that, if considered beforehand, will greatly improve life for both monitor and monitor owner. As always, please be sure to post any questions or thoughts below.
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  2. geckolover22

    geckolover22 Well-Known Member

    Well said! Now I know monitors are highly intelligent creatures compared to some other species of reptile but what about tegus? Do they rank as high as the monitors?
  3. herpetologist frank

    herpetologist frank New Member

    Thanks very much! I've not seen much in the way of experiments, journal articles re tegu intelligence, but they are generally believed to be at least in the "same league" as monitors; ...some aspects of parallel evolution seem very evident. Those I've cared for long term in zoos were very responsive to the environment and keepers. And they've certainly adapted well to Fla! You might enjoy this article. Best regards, frank

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