BOSC MONITOR CARE SHEET PDF

Least Concern Savannah Monitor Characteristics The base of the color of the body ranges from light yellow to grey. There are light yellow marks on the head and circular dark-edged yellow spots o the back arranged in the rows. The central portion and inside of the limbs are a yellowish-grey to brown. There are alternating rings of yellowish and brown on the tail.

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They are typically ground-dwelling lizards, though may occasionally climb when the desire arises. Far more commonly, bosc monitors use their sharp, elongated claws to dig.

In doing so they may create a hole in which to hide, or may unearth potential prey. Bosc monitors are carnivorous lizards, naturally hunting throughout the day where they feed on whatever live prey they can capture. With their forked tongues, they prowl the wild areas of Africa, looking almost like small komodo dragons, tasting the air for any tasty morsels. In the wild this is likely to consist primarily of a wide range of life invertebrates, supplemented with the occasional rodent or eggs from ground-nesting birds.

When it comes to bosc monitor care the best solution is to try and mimic this natural lifestyle as far as is possible in captivity. This means that a large cage will be required to enable these active lizards to explore and hunt.

A drier environment is also preferable to more humid atmospheres, which can lead to health problems in bosc monitors. Lastly, giving your monitor the opportunity to dig around in their substrate, and even to take a nice long bath, will also help to add interest and to foster more natural behaviour in their captive environment.

Housing Bosc Monitors Many people are taken in by how cute and relatively inexpensive baby bosc monitors are. They can often be purchased for similar prices to bearded dragons, and being less than a foot in length the chunky babies can be very appealing indeed.

While young bosc monitors will be happy in a traditional wooden vivarium or large Exo Terra tank , adult specimens will require a far more roomy enclosure. Youngsters can be successfully housed in a tank measuring roughly three feet 90cm in length, and eighteen inches 45cm in depth.

Appreciate, however, that baby monitors can double in size in a matter of months when well cared-for, so it is often to start off with a larger cage of cm or more.

This means that such a cage can be used for a longer period of time before rehousing is necessary. Such a plan helps to save you money rather than needing to buy a new cage every few months. In the meantime, of course, your baby monitor will be able to get plenty of exercise, exploring their oversized cage until they grow into it. Adult bosc monitors require considerably larger enclosures, which can be difficult to source from standard reptile stores.

A cage of some six feet cm in length, with a height and depth of three feet 90cm is recommended as a minimum for adults. Due to the excessive size it may be necessary to build your own vivarium as your monitor reaches maturity and process that can take just years , or to order an over-sized vivarium from a specialist tank builder.

As bosc monitors like a hot and dry environment wooden vivariums are often the best option. As with other reptiles, it is recommended that one end be heated while the other end of the cage is allowed to remain slightly cooler. Under such conditions your monitor will be able to choose their preferred area; warming up under their heat lamp and then going off to explore the cooler areas of their cage once they have reached their optimum temperature. This should be monitored continually with a reptile thermometer such as a digital thermometer or heat gun.

There are a number of ways to provide this level of heat. The first of these, and arguably the most popular solution, is to use a heat lamp. Alternatively ceramic heaters may be used. Note that both heat lamps and ceramic heaters can get very hot indeed. As a result, a number of precautions are essential for the health of your pet… Firstly, any heating element should be safely protected with a bulb cover to eliminate any chance of your monitor coming into contact with it.

Additionally, such powerful heaters should only ever be used with a thermostat. There are a range of thermostats designed specially for reptiles, and they help to keep temperatures within acceptable levels. On colder days, the thermostat can gently increase the power of the bulb to maintain a suitable environment, while on hotter days it will be automatically turned down to prevent overheating.

This can be easily, cheaply and safely achieved through the use of one or more heat mats. The best guide to heating your bosc monitor cage will be your lizard itself. Pay attention to his or her behaviour to see if changes are necessary. A monitor that only rarely ventures away from the basking spot could likely do with the temperature increasing further.

In contrast, of course, a monitor that rarely goes anywhere near their hotspot, but instead lurks at the cold end may be finding their enclosure too hot. Ultraviolet Lighting Lighting your bosc monitor cage is a point of great contention.

Veterinarians and reptile keepers alike are aware that some lizards — such as green iguanas — positively must have artificial lighting.

Without the provision of UV light, such lizards are unable to effectively metabolize calcium, which can lead to weak bones, swollen joints, paralysis particularly of the rear end and sometimes even death. Some keepers have even successfully bred boscs without the provision of artificial lighting. That said, it does seem like an unnecessary risk when the reptile community is so divided.

Ideally, the distance between lizard and tube should be no more than cm or so. To maximize the volume of ultraviolet light available to your monitor use a reflector behind the bulb. Also be aware that most bulbs require changing every six months or so. Even if the visible light appears bright, the UV portion invisible to our eyes drops away over a period of months.

If in doubt, a handheld UV monitor can be used to check the output of your chosen bulb. Also, in cases where you opt to provide a UV light, your monitor should have ample opportunities to escape the glare. This means providing light in just one area of the enclosure, while also providing hides and artificial plants, where your bosc monitor can retire if desirable.

This should be provided in a heavy ceramic bowl, to prevent these powerful lizards from tipping over their water. Like many other monitor lizards, it seems that bosc monitors often appreciate a nice soak in their water bowl. Selecting a bowl that will accommodate your bosc monitor safely can therefore be a wise idea. Normal household humidities are perfectly acceptable for bosc monitors, with no additional spraying generally being required.

Tank Decor The first consideration when setting up your bosc monitor cage is the substrate which goes on the floor, and here there is much disagreement. Some keepers use orchid bark or beech chippings, though it is generally accepted that potting soil may be the best solution.

Be certain that the compost you choose does not have any nasty chemicals added to it, such as the artificial fertilizer granules found in some brands.

In larger vivariums it can be a good idea to offer a healthy depth of substrate, and to pack it well. This enables your bosc monitor to dig naturally in the substrate as they might in the wild. Bosc monitors are large, powerful lizards capable of digging and climbing. As a result, a beautifully-landscaped vivarium may not stay so for very long.

Instead, tank decor elements should be sturdy, and ideally fixed in place with screws or reptile-safe silicone sealant. The use of large branches and pieces of cork bark, combined with artificial plants, can be put to use to create an appealing and varied environment for your monitor.

There are a huge range of potential reptile hides, but the size of an adult monitor means that a very large piece of curved cork bark may be the easiest solution. For youngsters reson caves or curved wooden hides can also work well. Feeding Bosc Monitors Learning how to feed your pet is a critical aspect of bosc monitor care. The reason is that bosc monitors can be prone to laziness and, as a result, may become obese over time. Young bosc monitors are best fed every day or two, on a wide and varied selection of livefood, including crickets, locusts, mealworms and even earthworms.

All livefood should either be dusted with a suitable mineral supplement, or gut-loaded before feeding. Doing so maximizes the mineral content of the food, helping to keep your monitor in the best of health. As your lizard grows, so the feeding frequency can drop. Alongside this, the size of prey items provided can increase. Many experienced bosc monitor keepers offer dead mice to their pet roughly twice a week every three days or so.

This rodent prey can be supplemented with further invertebrate prey as desirable.

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There are several approaches you can take in keeping a savannah monitor, and each reflects your intent for the lizard. The absolute minimum required to provide a healthy home include the following five topics. Most commercially available aquariums will not meet the space requirements of an adult monitor. Of course, you can start by keeping the young lizard in a small terrarium and move it into larger enclosures as it grows, but small spaces present critical problems with controlling and regulating temperature. Herpetoculturists have diverse opinions about how large a terrarium should be for any reptile.

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Email me when this page is updated What does the Bosc Monitor look like? Bosc Monitors are generally a dull greyish colour with lighter oval dotted over their bodies, these can vary between burnt orange and olive green. Their heads are fairly blunt at the snout and wide at the ears. Its tongue is long and forked at the end, and is pink up until about halfway, then is blue down to the tip. They frequently flick out their tongue when out and about. The size of an adult monitor can vary, the longest being around the 5ft mark, the smallest being around the 2. They are not sexually dimorphic so are difficult to sex as adult.

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Vets Caresheets With over 50 years collective experience in the reptile trade we have a wealth of knowledge on offer to help with any reptile related problems you may have. These care sheets are written by the staff at Reptiles Plus and are how we would suggest caring for and keeping each of the following animals. For minimum tank sizes on other related monitors please speak to a respected dealer. Vivarium Set-Up All heating should be positioned at same end of the vivarium, creating a hot basking end. The opposite end should have no heating, creating a cool end.

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