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Kimberly Rock Monitors
Member Name: Daisfunky
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This is a review of the Kimberley Rock Monitor Lizard.
I have two pet lizards and they are both Kimberly Rock Monitor Lizards. Unlike other Monitor lizards - which usually grow very large in stature. Kimberly Rock Monitor's are more elegent and smaller. They're "dwarf monintors" and will grow at adult size to 2 or 3 feet (including tail) They have sharp claws when fully grown so you need to take care when handling them
My lizards' diet consists of:
Minced turkey (dusted with calcium powder)
and the occassional minced beef (only on very rare occassions as this is would be like us eating a Big Mac - mm I think I'll review that next )
I LOVE watching my kimberly's hunt. One of them grabbed a cricket, pushed it under water and kept it there til the cricket drowned. (Personally I think it's a nicer death for the insect than being eaten) The other lizard gets a cricket in it's mouth and bashes it against a log until it dies before eating it.
The important thing is that the lizards don't swallow a cricket or locust alive...it is a rare occurance, but I have known crickets to start eating the inside of the reptile and then you have big problems.
They live in a vivarium. Ideally a 4ft by 2.5ft (minimum size for 2 lizards of their size) and have two 40W spotlight bulbs (acting as their sun) and a UV light (for their Vitimin D intake)
You need a nice log for the lizard to bask on. Basking is essential to a lizards health. They gain energy and digest their food more efficiently if they bask.
Most of the time, the kimberly's will flick their tongue and get water off leaves or the ground after you spray the vivarium (you need to keep it fairly humid in order for them to shed their skin efficiently) but I also keep a water bowl in there, surrounded by bark and wood chippings to create a natural effect.
Kimberly Rock Monitor's are relatively solitary reptiles but will do fine with a mate or a partner. They are friendly if handled well and very intelligent.
They are also climbers. So it is important to include a lot of logs and branches for them to climb up on.
I love Kimberley Rock Monitors but they are not beginner's reptiles. If you are looking to get a reptile and have no experience, I would start with a bearded dragon or a geko. This is because Kimberly's need very specific conditions to keep alive. Gekos and beardies are more hardy and don't grow very big.
Hope this helped someone! :)
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