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RE: What is the tamest large monitor

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Posted by: lizardheadmike at Fri Mar 2 22:32:17 2012  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by lizardheadmike ]  
   

Hello Pithons,

If you are going by the true definition of tame, then you will be hard put to find a monitor that fits that definition in every way. If you want a lizard you can pick up when you have to and move about, feed and work with out hassle then you can find this in just about any monitor if you start them well from a baby. You do still have to know how to work them. Wanting a large monitor may limit you to having to find an imported baby (unless you will have an argus)which means it could already have some abuse in it's memory and this will be evident in it's defensive responses so patience will be key. Monitors in general are very intelligent lizards so if you are looking to make one a "tame" animal, you will first have to keep it healthy at all times so it does not stress. If you do well with this, food will be the bonding force. They will learn quickly to associate food with you. I have recently raised what could be called a "tame" breeding pair of blackthroats and have handled many large "tame" called reptiles including water monitors that were kept for many years by their owners. What I can tell you is to choose a baby of whatever you are looking for so it learns you and choose an individual that behaves as to your liking. Once you do this, if it is not captive bred, be certain it is healthy via observations and stool tests. To get what you want won't simple like some other animals resolve but best ot luck in your search. Best to You- Mike S


   

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