Species group: Monitor Lizards
Other common names: Peach Throated Monitor
Scientific name: Varanus jobiensis
The Peach Throat Monitor is native to New Guinea and nearby western islands. They are partially terrestrial, like savannah and spiny tailed monitors, but spend considerable time in trees and along riverbanks. They can reach a size of 48 inches in length. Peach-throats have been bred in captivity. Peach-throat monitors are closely related to the mangrove monitor (Varanus indicus) and the Blue-tailed monitor (Varanus doreanus).
Appearance / health:
Peach Throat Monitor appear similar to other mangrove monitors, but are distinguished by a dark, patternless head, large round eyes, a pink tongue and a pronounced, dark longitudinal stripe through the eye. Other acceptable foods include canned and moistened dry dog food, canned lizard diets, hot dogs and cooked eggs.
A 75 gallon habitat is adequate for one adult. The habitat should include a large water dish which is big enough for them to "swim" in. Include a hide box and make sure to include a lot of branches especially for young ones as they are arboreal and love to climb, the higher the better. The habitat should include a basking area of 100°F, ambient 82-90°F with a heat gradient across the cage.
Peach Throat Monitors will eat freshly killed or thawed frozen rodents, insects, fish, frogs and Zupreem Tegu and Monitor diet. The use of a dietary supplement such as Miner-all or Reptocal is recommended.
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huge custombuilt cage, proper thermal gradient, longhandled feeding tong, ultrasharp claws
From Kacie Bingham Sep 29 2017 8:29PM
A Worthwhile Challenge
Peach throat monitors have much to recommend them to those with some experience keeping smaller, hardier species. They are active, attractive and highly intelligent, and captive-bred youngsters are readily available. However their size (to 4 ft. in length) and active lifestyle dictates the provision of a huge custom-built cage that allows space to swim, climb, and forage on the ground; some opt for a room dedicated as a monitor enclosure. In cramped quarters, hygiene and a proper thermal gradient will be impossible to maintain, and your pet’s stress and aggression levels will soar; bear in mind also that temperatures must vary from 78-90 F, with a basking site of 100-110 F.
Peach throats are not a good choice if you are seeking a handle-able pet. Even after years of captivity, individuals that are otherwise well-adjusted will usually resist being picked up. They are capable of inflicting severe injuries with teeth, claws and tails, and even the calmest should be handled with thick leather gloves (the ultra-sharp claws will tear skin as animal shifts when being held). Most also charge food with abandon, and will not hesitate to grab a hand or finger that gets in their way – always employ a long-handled feeding tong!.
From findiviglio Nov 11 2015 4:11PM