Monitor lizards are part of the Varanidae family of reptiles, genus Varanus. Their native habitat is throughout most of Africa, Asia, Indonesia, and Australia. Monitor lizards cannot be found in the hottest parts of the Sahara Desert, nor found natively in North America or Europe.
Can Monitor Lizards Be Home Pets?
A Monitor Lizard is a reptile, which means the pet-owner should know how to care for reptiles. When someone decides to keep a monitor lizard or any other reptile, care should be taken to get the pet from a reputable pet shop. Why?
For one thing, size matters. Some people sell baby monitor lizards with no clue about how big they get. Knowing the habitat a full-grown monitor lizard requires is at best a guess. Your pet shop should give a complete record of the pet, including how big it should get.
Monitor Lizards in Florida?
Unfortunately, Florida’s climate is ideal for some reptiles. There are reports of the West African Nile Monitor Lizard in Southern Florida. Introducing non-native species into an environment can be catastrophic. Hence, always get your reptiles from reputable pet shop owners.
Monitor Lizards Facts
- The largest is the Komodo Dragon
- Monitor lizards can be venomous
- Some species are part of ongoing biopharmaceutical drug research
Monitor Lizards can be fun pets. Just don’t be part of the invasive species problem by releasing yours into the wild.