Mangrove Monitor Care?

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    Imported_tuatara Well-Known Member

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    Hey, i've been into reptiles for a while, and recently have gotten into monitors, i've had experience with many ackies before i really got into them, but because now i'm so into them would like to start to care for much larger monitors, but haven't found anything on the species i want the most, a mangrove monitor...from the research i've done i know the diet, and size of them, but i don't no the size of there enclosure, nor how hot/cold they like it.(any help with items for decor, or anything would also be very appreciated.) :)
     
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    Danny Brown's book, "A Guide to Australian Monitors in Captivity" is good for info.
    Basically their care is similar to Mertens' water monitors.
     
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    well after seeing someone clean their enclosure i may just stay clear of any monitors that spend a lot of time in water.....for now. :p
     
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    Hi, I`m living in the U.K at this time (but from Melbourne) are V. indicus available in Oz now?
     
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    Rarely, but yes. There are one or two breeders that I'm aware of.
    Are they in the UK?
     
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    Yes, they don`t seem to come in as commonly as they did a few years ago but they are still available.
     
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    The Mitchell's water monitor is the one I haven't seen being kept or bred.
     
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    Hi, they can get to at least 150cm in captivity (large males) so you`ll need a relatively large enclosure. I would recommend something in the range of 240L x 200W x 240H (cm) for one single adult (even bigger would be better, they`ll use every cm of space given the opportunity). A relatively large water container, and lots of very sturdy branches plus a soil/playsand mix substrate at least 30cm deep.
    Basking surface temp between approx. 50 to 60c with a lowest ambient of approx. 24c in the coolest parts. The humidity needs to range between approx. 50 to 75% (the lower figure would be immediately around the basking site).
     
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    I`ve never seen those over here.
     
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    Mitchell's are being kept and bred. Just not very common. I use to have a couple of Mitchell's but have since moved them on. Maybe one day I'll get more again.

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    that looks gorgous! if only i wasn't to lazy to clean their enclosures.....i'd probably get a mitchell's monitor, if i ever got a chance to keep one, then.
     
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    May or may not be picking up a new mangrove this weekend....:D

    It really isn't that bad. Cleaning up after my sandies is worse than my mertens, and he's twice the size in terms of sheer mass.

    If you had room/ability/tools, an easy way would be to build an enclosure around a poly bathtub. If you do it right (water-resistant construction, flashings etc) cleaning day is literally just hosing it out.
     
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    well, sandies are also a lot easier to obtain and cost alot less, or at least, if i can find something big enough for one it would cost less, otherwise it would be almost the same.......plus you only need a basic for sandies, and 98 a year is definetely better than 179 each year, imo.
     
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    (basic as in a basic wildlife license)
     
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    $98 for a basic licence in Victoria? Wow.
    And I was complaining how ours went up to $75.
     
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    V. Indicus and V. Mertensi are both on basic, it's only V. Mitchelli that requires advanced, IMO also the hardest to find anyway.

    Indicus and mitchelli both have a hefty price tag, this is true. Mertens, not so much. Mangroves are worth it though.
     
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    i've never seen a mertens up for trade, though, have actually heard of more times one has been than with mitchells,all i'm really looking for is a 3-4 ft monitor that doesn't need a enclosure that is over 7000, and isn't over 700 itself, and i was thinking about a flavie, but mow instead just look around for maybe a V.indicus baby/young juvie, and see about how much that costs....tho, how much do you ever see them go up for?
     
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    ~$1200 for a juvenile.


    Edit: And I know of one available. PM me if you are interested.
     
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    and i thought pygmy short tails were a lot. i'll consider it.....definetely won't be able to buy it for a few weeks tho, for several reasons, but maybe once i have everything set up.
     
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