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about to get 1st monitor but cant decide

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Posted by: wldktrptls at Thu Feb 21 02:03:54 2013  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by wldktrptls ]  
   

Which species to go with. Ever since my buddy picked up one of those savana tegus at a reptile expo in the city i ve wanted one of my own. So ive been looking at the larger models and have narrowed it down to two different types. What i really want is one that will grow into a dog tame dragon/best friend. I just bought a 60 gal tank(i scored cause it even came with a big hot rock! But i gotta make a top for it) for whichever one i finally choose. I found a place on the web that has young ones(2&1/2-3') of both types that the guy assured were all CB/CH/CB, feeding well, and parasite free. He told me either type will be a little skittish at first but tame down in a matter of weeks with multiple handling sessions a day. So which makes the coolest pet once they get big? The blue tailed or the tri-colored? The dude at the store said the tri colored is a bit more assertive and 40 bucks more(are they really so rare?)but they are awesome looking lizards..the blue tailed kinda looks like those mangrove monitors but a bit fancier with the blue tail. If i got both would they breed? Would i need a bigger tank or will the 60 gal work for both if they're still small like that? I read here that catfood isnt good for them, but what if i give them like Iam's or science diet? Wouldnt that be ok? I want to go look at them but the only address they have is the email address so i just have to take their word for it, but they seem trustworthy in their emails... I heard that the best way to tame them if they're still not tame within a week or so(i tamed both my blue tongue skinks in six days!)is to turn of the lights off for a couple days because they feel more secure in the cool darkness, and are then easier to hold. Is that true? I really want to get it tame as soon as possible then get into captive breeding since these are CB/CH/CB already. Any helpful hints for an eager beginner? Thanks!


   

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