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Posted by: JME at Wed Jun 5 09:58:03 2013  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by JME ]  
   

No doubt Washington State is tough on houses. Now, turn your house inside out and let me know how it goes. The interior of a home is not made to handle 90F temps and 100% humidity. In addition, you're going to have tons of damp earth on what??? Add fecal matter to the mix and you get my point.

Here's my enclosure. It's approx 15' x 12'. And yes, a mature pair of niles might require something this large. This is NOT in my house! I couldn't imagine something like this in my home. It's a separate building, with an area, that was built specifically for monitors. For example, there's no foundation/ floor in this enclosure. It's dirt all the way to China. Four feet under this dirt is a radiant heating system and wire mesh. This way, I can control the substrate temps. I can also soak the substrate and it has natural drainage. There's no standing water, etc.




Varanus Griseus would be a much better species to house, in my opinion. Problem is, you CAN'T get them. You seem to think it's a simple as driving to someone's home, out of State, who has them. Buying them and driving them back to your place. It's not, you have to be a resident of that State.

So yes, I am trying to talk you out of getting niles. And this is coming from someone who has a few of the larger species. Very few people, and I mean very few, can properly house these for the long term. For others, it's a frustrating experiment that doesn't end well.

Your choice isn't limited niles, griseus, or leopard geckos! There are several monitor species that make better captives. I'm not sure why you're stuck on species from the Middle East and I don't get the religion thing? Have fun eating bugs.


   

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