Acquired: Online breeder / seller,
Worked with pet (didn’t own)
New York, United States
Posted Nov 10, 2015
Argus monitors have much to recommend them to experienced keepers – they are active, attractive and highly intelligent, and captive-bred youngsters are readily available. However their size and active lifestyle dictates the provision of a huge custom-built cage or a room dedicated for use as their living quarters. In a smaller enclosure, 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 75-95 F, with a basking site of 120-130 F.
Argus monitors 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!