Acquired: Online breeder / seller
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Posted Jun 15, 2015
I keep quite a few different monitor species. The Timor is one of the harder to obtain of the "dwarf" monitors. Despite being one of the smaller monitors, with tail my male is still over 2ft in length (50% of that is tail length). He enjoys climbing, and has a 4ft by 2ft by 3ft enclosure.
He likes to freak me out by hanging off the branches by one toe, or on occasion, with his tail - but is very agile and graceful. He also enjoys digging. He's always active during the day and is very interesting to watch. He was very fast as a baby, but as an adult is handleable - although he doesn't particularly enjoy it. He's not as chilled back as my ackies or bosc monitors, but more handleable than the larger species.
They do need a hot hot hot enclosure - my basking spot is set to 140 degrees F so you absolutely need to make sure you can maintain that temperature (directly under the heat, the rest of the enclose can be much cooler).
Overall if you're an experienced reptile keeper looking to move onto something a little bit rare and unusual, a little bit harder to keep, with the ability to handle, then a Timor could work for you.