|Content of Keeping Monitors in Captivity
In the wild monitor lizards are hosts to a multitude of internal "parasites" (e.g. Jones 1988 &
1991; Bosch 1991). Many of them are hannless only because they are present in small
numbers. The stress induced by capture and transport often allows these organisms to
propagate to such an extent that they destroy their host. Therefore a newly imported monitor
should be subjected to the scrutiny of a vet and treated with drugs to kill any potential
pathogens that live inside it. When the lizard is free from harmful parasites and bacteria the
object is to keep it that way with scrupulous attention to hygiene. Newly acquired specimens
should be subjected to a strict period of quarantine until veterinary examination confirms that
they are free from parasites. Only when the lizards have been proved to be healthy should
they be moved into the vicinity of established animals.
|Attribution / Courtesy: Daniel Bennett. 1995. A Little Book of Monitor Lizards. Viper Press U.K.