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Average Rating Given To This Care Sheet Is 4.40    (1=lowest, 5=highest)    Last Updated: 09/10/2004

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Bayou Beasts

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Over 20 Years


Black Throat Monitor

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White Throat

Sexing and Characteristics:

Mature males will have lumps over both the nostril and the eyes. Mature males will also have an elarged area at the base of the tail where the hemipene are located, the females of this species will apear to be indented or flat at the base of the tail and most will display enlarged pores (preanal) immediately after the ventral opening.

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Substrate and Water Needs:

We use riveror creek dirt that has been dug and sifted with a fine screen. Provide you Monitor with a depth of substrate at least as deep as the snout to vent length. Water should be provided either in a custom water whole with excellent filtration or in a bowl big enough for the animal to fit itís entire body into. WATER SHOULD BE CHANGED DAILY!

Lighting and UVB:

UV lighting is given off by any bulb that lights up so there is no reason to spend the money on the expensive "reptile" bulbs that are the exact same as a plant grow bulb with twice the mark up. We use GE 50 watt outdoor spots with all of our monitors and have had much success. So again it has been a long going arguement with UV or not to UV but I donít see why you should spend money on a bulb when you and your animal will benifit more from getting more feeders or building a larger cage.

Temperatures and Humidity:

There are two temps that should be looked at for any reptilian and they are Ambient(overall temps) and Basking (the surface temp of the basking spot). Ambient temps should range from 85-90 on the hot side and 75-80 on the cool side. Basking temps should be between 150-165 on the surface, these temps can be reached by simply raiseing or lowering your basking site until the proper temps are reached. We have found that from a distance of 6-8 inches with the bulbs I recommended I have basking temps within the safe range.

Heating and Equipment:

Heating can be done with the lights for the basking site. Provide your monitor with 1,2,3 lights or whatever it takes to light up the Snout to Vent length of the animal. Use ceramic light fixtures secured with screws to the ceiling of the enclosure, place bulbs in the fixtures so you can get the spacing right. Place the fixtures so the bulbs have a small space(easier to change)between them but not enough space that there is a break in the light beam.

Caging Provided:

The enclosure should be about 10 x 6 x 5 for an adult B/T. and 4 x 8 x 4 for banded white throats. Juviniles donít need this amount of room but you will go through cages quick. I started with a 20 lg. and it lasted about 1.5 months then I went to a 55 which lasted another 5 months then onto the 75 for another 2 months and I think you get the picture.



Description of Diet:

These Monitors as with almost all monitors are carnivorous which means they are meat eaters. Start you new B/T off with a daily offering of crickets or roaches 24-36 a day, then everyother day a small mouse(hopper). This diet with the basking temps I gave will ensure a great rate of growth. After about 1 month of this you can start feeding your monitor daily with the crickets and roaches and add a small mouse a day, you can increase the size of the prey as he/she grows.

Supplements, Nutrition and Usage:

We use Miner-All and swear by it.


Spot clean the enclosure daily and change the water as needed throughout the day. Always keep the water clean.

Some Words on this Species:

B/T and W/T monitors are wonderful compainions. They will eat you out of house and home. My girl is 4 feet in 10 months and feeding on 1 large rat and one chicken peep daily, she has been on this diet for the last 2 months and has always from hatchling up averaged between 5-7 inches a month in growth. Just keep in mind that the little thing you are bringing or just brought home isnít going to be little and cute long. Before you know it they will be disassembling their enclosure and throwing peices accross the room. Oh yeah donít forget the tail, You will understand the first time they use it. LOL Good luck with your new adventure into monitor husbandry..

Bayou Beasts
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