tree monitor care sheet

Tree Monitor Care Sheet

General Tree Monitor Care for most species of Tree Monitor. Additional research may apply

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Intro to Tree Monitors

Tree Monitors are arboreal monitor lizards that are rapidly growing in popularity throughout the pet trade. They come in a variety of colors/species and can be found throughout the tropical rainforests of Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Northern Australia. They roughly grow 3-4 feet including their long prehensile tail. They may be visually different, but they can be kept similar and have similar personalities. 

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Tree Monitor Care

These Varanids should be kept in arboreal enclosures no smaller than 4ft x 2ft x 4ft. Though these monitor lizards are primarily found on branches and foliage, but they will utilize horizontal/ground space. Decorating their enclosures with foliage, caves, and logs will help them feel safe in their enclosure. Like most monitors, they feed readily on a variety of insects and small rodents.

With proper care you can have a longterm pet Tree Monitor for 10+ years! They need a basking temperature of ~120 degrees F, an ambient temperature of ~78 degrees F, and a humidity level of ~80%. Combine that with a Tropical UVB and your Monitor is ready for success. These monitors can do some damage from a good bite! We recommend these for experienced keepers only.

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Tree Monitors For Sale in the Pet Trade

Captive Bred varieties are slowly becoming more available, but they are not common. Though imported animals may have a negative stigma, these are brought in legally with proper paperwork and in quantities that are allowed through governing laws. 


Green Tree Monitor (Viranus prasinus

Emerald Tree Monitor aka Biak Tree Monitor (Varanus kordensis) 

Yellow Tree Monitor (Varanus reisingeri

Blue Tree Monitor (Varanus macraei) 

Black Tree Monitor (Varanus beccari) 

Australian Spotted Tree Monitor (Varanus scalaris





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