Acquired: Worked with pet (didn’t own)
New York, United States
Posted Nov 11, 2015
Yellow monitors first came to my attention during my years as a zookeeper, when a co-worker traveled to India to assist in formulating a conservation strategy for them. This led to some degree of protection, but sadly this species remains under severe pressure from hunting and agricultural development today.
Although captive reproduction has been reported, there are still gaps as to its husbandry requirements. Yellow monitors are in need of captive breeding efforts, but at this point their care should be left to well-funded professional conservation organizations and extremely well-qualified (and “well-heeled”!) private keepers. In any event, they are protected throughout their native range, so offers of yellow monitors for sale should be viewed with suspicion.