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Average Rating Given To This Care Sheet Is 2.00    (1=lowest, 5=highest)    Last Updated: 04/18/2011

Main Category:

Lizards

Sub Category:

Monitors

 Care Sheet Submitted By:

Xelijahgurleyx

Years Experience:

3 to 5 Years

Species:

Blackthroat Monitor

Other Species or Phases this Care Sheet May Cover:

Whitethroat Monitor

Sexing and Characteristics:

When a male monitor goes to the bathroom, something purple comes out called the hemipenes. Females don’t do this. Males also have small lumps on their eyes and nostrils as they grow up.

Mostly Active During:

Day

Substrate and Water Needs:

Cypress mulch is my favorite, but sand mixed with dirt or peat moss also works very well. And, of course, you could always use news paper. You could also dig up some good clean dirt from outside. MAKE SURE WHERE YOU GET YOUR DIRT THERE ARE NO FIELDS AROUND THAT USE PESTICIDES. Have a water bowl the lizard could soak in, and make sure it always has water in it. Change the water about every one or two days.

Lighting and UVB:

Keep the cage about 90 degrees Fahrenheit, with a basking spot of about 99-103 degrees Fahrenheit. These monitors do not need UVB.

Temperatures and Humidity:

These creatures don’t need much humidity, but a spray about once a week or every two weeks won’t hurt. THESE ARE HEAT LOVING ANIMALS. Keep the cage at about 90 degrees Fahrenheit with a basking spot of 99-103 degrees Fahrenheit.

Heating and Equipment:

I do not use a heating pad, just keep the cage and basking spot at the temps said above.

Caging Provided:

One full grown adult could comfortably live in an 8x6x4 cage. Juveniles could live in a 20 gallon, and at about a foot and-a-quarter to a foot-and-a-half they can live in a 55-75 gallon cage. then you just need to start custom making cages. I provide a large log for the lizard to bask on, and a very large hide to sleep in. He also has burrows up under his water bowl to burrow. I have large plants in his cage for a homey touch. WARNING: BLACKTHROATS MAY DIG UP PLANTS.

Diet:

Carnivorous

Description of Diet:

They will eat you out of house and home. These animals pretty much grow as much as you feed them. As juveniles, feed them crickets, mealworms, pinkie mice, roaches, boiled egg and small goldfish. Keep the boiled egg to a minimum. As they grow they will quit eating crickets and mealworms, and start eating mice, large goldfish, chicks, and even ground turkey and raw fish, and eventually even large mice or rats. Keep the raw meat to a minimum also.

Supplements, Nutrition and Usage:

Dust the crickets with calcium dust to keep the lizards bones strong. I might also dust the mice or fish too sometimes.

Maintenance:

Change the bedding as often as necessary. Feed them every 1-2 days. THESE ANIMALS ARE CONSTANT EATERS. If your animals are having trouble shedding, bathe them in warm water for about 15 minutes. This should help the skin come off. Keep the cage size comfortable for the animal.

Some Words on this Species:

Awesome pet if youre willing to take up the space and the time. Easily tamed if bought young.
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