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Posted by: izi at Thu May 9 21:11:34 2013  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by izi ]  
   

Hi I am a long time reader at kingsnake, I used to post way back in 2001 but since I have not had a collection since 2005 I have not been back in a while. (i only like to keep herps if they are in big elaborate and cool vivariums that I have time to baby)

I am very settled down now and want to return to monitor keeping. I would like to acquire two Varanus griseus (any subspecies) for an in-store display. (The species is non-negotiable) This may be years off depending on company growth but a girl can dream okay? :P The display will be on par with major zoo enclosures, with custom sculpture etc. Most of all it will create an ideal enviroment for them to get big and healthy.

I'm finding that they are difficult to find and rare in their native habitat so I will probably want to attempt breeding, also.

How hard is it to find an available pair of any sex in Washington State, USA? I found a breeder in Europe, but I don't think it sounds like a good idea to ship from Europe to Washington. How much should I expect to pay for juveniles or adults?

In the enclosure is it necessary to have anything unusual like a subterranean chamber? They seem fussy about their enviroment from stories I've read.

I donated my copy of Giant Lizards to the Memphis Zoo's private library so I can't see what Sprackland said about them, if anything.

Just putting my feelers out to see where this species is at for hobbyists.


   

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