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   Black Neck Monitor (Varanus sp.)

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Sub-Order: Scleroglossa
Family: Varanidae
Genus: Varanus
Species: sp.
Year: -
Distribution: Tanzania

Diet: They have a wide variety of diet. Most if not all should be offered on a weekly basis. They will accept but not restricted to: Chicken Hearts, Feeder Gold Fish, Crickets, Snails, Meal/ King Worms, Shrimp. Always make sure to dust the food items in multi-vitamines.

Adult size: As adults, they will reach upto 6 feet long.

Due to the fact that this specie of monitor gets quite large, this species is not for a beginner. They are one of the more aggressive species, though can be tamed down in time. All of our monitors are 1- 1 1/2 feet long. They tend to grow quite fast to two feet long, after which point it will take many years for them to reach their full size. For a start, it is recommended to provide a 20 Gallon tank. They have to be offered a UVB and a Heat light. Black Neck Monitor's digestive system is very strong and will even digest bone.

Often when they are being moved in to a new home, they loose much of their digestive fluid, thus will regurgitate every time they are offered food. In this case, they need electrolytes, which can be found in Gatorade. Usually 10 CC at a time, 3 times a day will help them restore their digestive fluids.


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