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RE: please help on blue tail monitor

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Posted by: mhhc at Mon Aug 6 21:32:27 2012  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by mhhc ]  
   

I don't keep V.doreanus but, I do keep V.jobiensis which is similar in requirements. You will need to make sure you minimize any venting and keep the lights inside the cage. Temps should be a base ambient of 75-80 with a basking spot of ~130f measured on the basking surface. Make absolutely sure that the basking spot is as large as the animal's SVL or you will see more burns. Blue tails are prone to burns so be very careful to keep tabs on the basking spot to ensure it is even and don't let the ambients drop too low. The basking spot is best setup with a bank of light bulbs in a row rather than by using one large watt bulb. A large monitor like a V.doreanus may need 3-4 fixtures to create a proper basking site.

Diet should be whole prey items. I feed my V.jobiensis mostly mice and some crayfish. The best substrate is soil covered with leaf litter. I have an ash tree in my yard an each fall I dump bags of leaves into my cage to top off the depth. I shoot for 18" of soil and leaves. Cork hollows make good furniture. I use them as the basking area so that they can bask inside the cork hollow in addition to the hotter temp on top of the cor branch. A large water proof enclosure that as mentioned has absolute minimal venting is best. I would recomend at least 4x8x8 for V.doreanus. Males can get huge. Sexing is easy with a mature animal and a guess at best till then. At this point it sounds like that is the least of you worries but if you post a picture folks might take a guess.

That should get you started.
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