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Nile Monitor Care Sheet

Description: Nile Monitors are found near water sources in the continent of Africa.
Scientific Name: Varanus niloticus
Lifespan: 10 to 15 years
Average Size: 4 to 6 feet
Origin: East Africa


Nile Monitors are carnivorous meaning they eat solely meat. When they are young they should be fed a variety of live insects including crickets, mealworms and waxworms. As they grow older and are large enough to handle it they should be introduced to small mice. When Nile Monitors are fully grown they will eat only mice and rodents. Any rodents that are fed to them should have been frozen during storage and then thawed to room temperature before being provided to the Nile Monitor.


Humidity: A moderate level of humidity should be provided for the Nile Monitor which would be between 40% and 50%.
Lighting: Nile Monitors are one of the few lizards that do not require UV light to remain healthy.
Size: Due to their massive size, Nile Monitors will require a very large habitat as they grow older. By the time they are fully grown they will likely need a full room dedicated to them.
Temperature: The temperature that Nile Monitors live in is much higher than other lizards due to the fact that their natural location is Africa. There must be a spot in the habitat which is large enough to cover the entire body of the Nile Monitor in temperatures of nearly 120 degrees F. The remainder of their habitat should have a heat gradient of 80 degrees F to 95 degrees F.
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