lace monitor

A cool keeper mentality: I want this species but I cannot afford/give this species the correct care or guarantee my personal circumstances. So I will admire, handle and love said species without the need to impulse buy and expose them to my less than ideal husbandry.

anonymous asked:

Do you have any experience and/or knowledge about caring for lace monitors?

I don’t have personal experience, only a handful of people in the US do, given that there are very few in the country. They cost a pretty penny too.

As far as husbandry is concerned, they’re pretty similar to other monitors. A spacious enclosure with a wide temperature gradient, and plenty of enrichment. If anything, they’re one of the more forgiving species since they come from such a wide range of natural habitats.

The only very notable difference is that they require a heated lay box instead of a simple deep bed of soil like most other monitors. This is because in the wild, they seek out termite nests to break into and lay eggs in. The nests generate their own heat and stay at an ideal, constant temperature with plenty of humidity. This has to be replicated if the female is to avoid becoming egg-bound.

This is not a quoll. It is a lace monitor or lace goanna. Goannas were kind of the initial impetus for the trip to Armadale Reptile Centre in the first place and i was quite spoilt for choice.

The one thing to know about goannas is that they’ll run up trees when they’re spooked - trees or things that look like trees. Basically, never be the tallest thing within running distance of a goanna otherwise you’re liable to get climbed by a bloody big lizard with sharp claws.

Prepare then for.. Goanna Week!

Lace monitors, or lace goannas (Varanus varius) are the second largest species of monitor lizard in Australia after Perenties. They can grow up to six feet in length with top weights at around 40 lbs.

Lace monitors have two main pattern variances. Typically the species is seen with a dark base color spotted with lighter whitish spots along the entire body. Populations in drier parts of their range are seen with thick yellow bands across a black base, which are referred to as “Bells form”.

Like Komodo dragons and Timor monitors, lace monitors possess a salivary venom that causes swelling, blood vessel damage and shooting pain along the bitten limb. This modified saliva was recently described in 2005; previously it was thought monitors had intense bacteria that caused fatal infections in prey.