Read About Nile Monitor Lizards

Nile Monitor Lizards, as the name suggests is found near the Nile River in Egypt. Everything you need to know about them is contained in this article.

Nile Monitor Lizards - Facts

  1. Description:

    Nile Monitor Lizard is a large lizard that belongs to the monitor family.
  2. Varieties:

    There are no sub species or different varieties of Nile Monitor Lizards.
  3. History:

    The Nile Monitor Lizard is one of the large Monitor Lizards and is usually found in Africa on the banks of the river Nile.
  4. Physical Traits:

    The average length of these lizards is about 5 feet but some lizards can grow up to 6 feet. They have a muscular body with a long tail and sharp claws.
  5. Other Defining Characteristics:

    These lizards have a long neck and their tongue is split which increases their sense of smell. These are aquatic lizards and their nostrils are placed high on the nose.
  6. Habitat:

    They live along the river banks in burrows. They are usually found in Africa on the banks of river Nile.

Nile Monitor Lizards - Concerns

  1. Benefits:

    These lizards make exotic pets and will be a good attraction among your collection of pets or in a zoo.
  2. Liabilities:

    These lizards are not meant for beginners as they have a very aggressive behavior. Though they can be raised as pets they cannot be cuddled or handled like dogs or cats. Many people find it difficult to feed these lizards with live food.
  3. Health Issues:

    The diseases that these lizards can suffer from are vitamin deficiency, gastro-intestinal disease and respiratory diseases. When you detect any of these problems its better you consult your vet.
  4. Specific Care Needs:

    The lizards should be provided with the right amount of light and temperature. The ideal temperature is 85-95 degrees Fahrenheit. They should have access to fresh and clean water.
  5. Reaction to Children and other Pets:

    These are aggressive lizards and will not stop from attacking when cornered. It is better if your children or other pets don't approach the lizard.
  6. Special Household Needs:

    You will need special lights and other heating accessories to maintain the right temperature for the lizard.

Nile Monitor Lizards - How to Choose

  1. What to Look for:

    The lizard you choose should have clear eyes and nose and a healthy skin. The lizard should be active and should be free from any diseases.
  2. Supplies:

    You will need an enclosure with substrate, lights, heaters, thermometer to measure the temperature and food to feed the lizard.
  3. Expense:

    You can acquire a Nile Monitor Lizard baby for around $20-$30. Maintenance can be quite expensive as the right conditions have to be maintained for these lizards.