Argus Monitors

NATURAL HABITAT:

This terrestrial species inhabits the tropical rain forest and mixed woodlands and forests of Australia & New Guinea. Adults require a 8' x 3'x 3' enclosure in captivity.

BEHAVIOR:

Males can become territorial, separate from other males. Aggressive at first, will usually tame with handling. Likes dark areas for hiding.

CAPTIVE ENVIRONMENT:

Use full spectrum lighting 12-14 hours per day. Provide a basking area with access to a cooler zone. Provide several climbing areas on branches, logs, & plants.

TEMPERATURE:

Day temperature should be gradient from 80-90 degrees F. Maintain night temperature range between 72-80 degrees F. Use reptile heating pads under tank for 24-hour heat.

HUMIDITY:

This species requires moderate to high levels of humidity.

WATER REQUIREMENTS:

Provide a large fairly deep bowl for drinking and soaking. Mist enclosure every 3-4 days. Keep habitat well ventilated.

NUTRITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

This carnivore will accept ground raw turkey & eggs. Feed appropriate sized rodents (mice, hamsters, rats). Always offer variety for proper nutrition. Eats variety of larger worms (earthworms, meal/wax worms). Dust food with calcium and vitamins.

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