Species group: Monitor Lizards
Other common names: Black-throated Monitor; Eastern white-throated monitor
Scientific name: Varanus albigularis microstictus
The Black Throat Monitor is one of three subspecies of the White-throated monitor (Varanus albigularis albigularis). The Black-throated Monitor is both terrestrial and arboreal, and lives in the savanna, steppe, open bush and woodland regions in Eastern Africa, southern Sudan, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
The Black-throated Monitor was previously known as Varanus albigularis ionidesi, but has now been incorporated under Varanus albigularis microstictus.
Appearance / health:
The Black-throated Monitor is one of the largest monitor lizards, and can reach up to 2 meters in length. Its scales are usually a dark gray-brown with white or yellowish markings. The forked tongue is pink or bluish.
Behavior / temperament:
Raising Black-throated Monitors from juveniles makes it easier to tame them by regular gentle handling. The natural tendency of Monitors is aggression, which can result to nasty bites and tail lashing; therefore, care is always advised. Overall, Black-throated Monitors are hardy and easy to feed and care for.
The ideal cage for Black-throated Monitors is one that is adequate for their size. This may have to be custom-made, preferably with access to direct natural sunlight. The cage should include stable piles of rock, dried roots or driftwood, and old, hollow logs. A water container big enough for the lizard to soak in, and convenient to refresh daily, is recommended. Day temp: 80-90F; night temp: 78-80F; humidity: 50-60%; lighting: 12-14 hours, UV radiation required.
Like other Monitors, the Black-throated Monitor is aggressive but can be tamed with regular interaction and handling. Raising tame juveniles is easier than taming adults. When threatened, they bite and lash their tails. Under optimum care and conditions, White-throated Monitors can live up to 15 years.
As with other Monitors, the Black-throated Monitor is carnivorous. In captivity, its diet would include crickets (and other insects), waxworms (and other worms), rodents, and fish. It can be fed cooked eggs and packaged monitor food. Mineral-dusted crickets and vitamin supplements should be given regularly for added nutrition.
Although rarely bred in captivity, captive Black-throated Monitor reproduction is known to occur given the proper environment. The gravid female digs a deep nesting burrow in slightly moist soil close to water to lay a clutch of as many as 50 white eggs. The eggs hatch in 6-8 months.
amazing pets, experienced adult keepers
ample space, huge custombuilt cage, average keeper, proper thermal gradient, aggression levels
cuddles, givein constant attention, loving lizard
Blax the Monitor
I acquired Blax much the same way I acquired many of my "family members", through someone who didn't know what they were getting. You see pics where people are holding these monitors and such, but what isn't relayed is that they have spent massive amounts of time to get these lizards to be "friendly" If you get one as a baby, handle them as much as possible and get them used to people, there is a good chance you will have a lizard friend...I, on the other hand, got mine as a juvenile. He did not like people and hissed if I came near the cage. He never liked to be handled and was just a mean ol' thing to have. I do not recommend it for someone that wants a loving lizard but if you just like to observe..then hes the one for you. I think they are unattractive, to say the least, but that is part of their charm!.
From wvsandy62 May 13 2013 11:18AM
Smart, large and ready to rumble
Although often classified as a “medium-sized” monitor, these brutes may top 5 feet in length and tip the scales at 12-18 pounds. That, and their active lifestyle, necessitates a huge custom-built cage or a small room-turned-lizard enclosure. In a smaller enclosure, cage hygiene and a proper thermal gradient will be impossible to maintain, and your pet’s stress and aggression levels will soar. Although intelligent and interesting, black-throat monitors present challenges to all but the most experienced adult keepers. They are capable of inflicting severe injuries with teeth, claws and tails, and require a temperature gradient of 75-110 F. Feeding may also be a concern, as the easiest “fill-up” diet, rodents, may not be a healthy choice for them, long term. Supplying enough of their natural diet – large insects, snails and other invertebrates – can tax even the most dedicated monitor fans..
From findiviglio Nov 3 2015 8:24PM