Spotted tree monitor behaviour and temperament question

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  1. Linc pot

    Linc pot New Member

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    Alright wanting to get a smaller monitor for a while and came across the spotted tree monitor its a pretty cool monitor and its arboreal so that's a win but now i am wondering its behaviour and temperament cause i want a monitor i can handle and chill with so if you know anything about there behaviour it would be very cool thanks
     
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    If you want a lizard you can handle and chill with I definitely wouldn't choose a small monitor, and if you really must get a small monitor and handle it, definitely don't go for a scalaris. You really can't go past a Beardy or Bluey if you want a lizard to handle and you don't want anything larger. Monitors are absolutely fabulous animals, I miss keeping them and I'll keep them again in the future, they're definitely the lizards I'm most excited to get back into, but handling isn't really what they're good for. If you must handle a small monitor, perhaps consider tristis or acanthurus, or perhaps even gilleni.
     
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    Ok thanks for the response i will probably reconsider after that the tristis are also pretty cool
     
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    Definitely a good choice :) I have known a few people to have relatively handleable tristis, I wouldn't say they're ever good to just sit and chill with, they're pretty active and want to run around, but you can train them to be comfortable being picked up and held. Ignoring handling, they're definitely an absolutely brilliant monitor to keep.
     
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    Scalaris aren't that bad but generally speaking, I'd agree an ackie or gilleni would be a better option to handling if it's a must factor in your choice. Scalaris if given enough hollows, become confident and are a very rewarding species to keep. Nearly every one that I've raised from hatchling will come out to feed from my hand. This complex is my favorite group to keep.
     

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