Nile monitors are popular with the large lizard lovers because of their swimming and tree-climbing abilities and sheer beauty. They can thrive in captivity but aren’t always the friendliest pets.
Other Animal Facts
Central and southern Africa
Black or brown color with rows of yellow spots
Needs a basking spot of 120°F, and ambient temperatures in the 80s
Can be somewhat tamed with regular handling, but take care around children or other pets as they can be both strong and aggressive.
Eats feeder insets when young, and mice and rats as an adult.
Adults need a custom enclosure of about 12 feet as they like to climb, swim, and run.
Size & Lifespan
Adults are 6-9 feet in length. Can live 10-20 years.