Asian Water Monitor Care Sheet
• Tank Temperatures: These beautiful monitors require a basking spot(hot side) of about 120 degrees, and an ambient temperature(cool side) around the mid to upper 80’s. • Heat Lighting: A 150 watt heat light in a 40 gallon tank should provide the needed temperatures. • UVB Lighting: A 5.0 UVB light should also be provided for this lizard. Water Monitors need a 60%-70% humidity level. This can best be maintained through daily misting, and by providing a large water area for the monitor to soak and swim in. Food: These guys are known to have a large appetite. Monitors under a year old should be fed every day to every other day. They feed on crickets, roaches rodents, and fish. As they approach two and three years old they should feed 3 to 4 times a week. Once they are full grown, they should eat 2 – 3 times a week. It is important that all their food is dusted with calcium with vitamin D3.
-Enclosure Size: A hatchling will need a 40 gallon tank to start. However, as they grow they will require a substantially larger enclosure.-Substrate (bedding): These monitors should be kept on orchid bark, coco husk, and sand. A substrate layer should be several inches deep for digging and burrowing.-Accessories: A large water area for swimming and soaking, logs, branches, climbing shelves, and a hide spot are all necessary accessories for these monitors. This monitor is not ideal for beginners. They have a large appetite, need a lot of space, and can grow to sizes up to 10 feet in length. These factors can make it a challenge to maintain the proper conditions for them to prosper. However, when purchased and worked with from a young age these monitors can become quite docile, and have an inquisitive personality.