Adoption Details For Jewels!

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Date Created:
7/29/2023 4:43:33 AM
2 Year(s) 11 Month(s) Old
Primary Breed:
Nile Monitor
Spayed / Neutered:
Secondary Breed:
Primary Color:
11456, EW, T1, K4
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0 lbs

Hello! My name is Jewels and I am looking for an experienced forever home - could it be with you?

I am a little bit new to being handled, so you MUST HAVE EXPERIENCE with large lizards who are still learning and a little scared. I'm generally shy and prefer to hide, but I am curious and will watch you when you are lot looking. I am also a great eater!

I can be difficult to get out of the enclosure so I will need your patience to allow me to learn it's a good thing not a scary thing. I really need a large enclosure, larger than can be purchased at a typical pet store. I am not aggressive or forward, just scared so with gloves you can help me out of the habitat slowly and safely.

Though there is no way to really tell what age I am, based on my size I am considered a juvenile. My species can live a long and healthy life of up to 20 years. Bringing me into your family is a lifelong commitment, for both of us!

I can also get quite large, my species can grow to about 6.5 feet and weigh up to 17.8 pounds, although a typical adult averages 5 feet in length and weighs close to 15 pounds - which is why I need a very large enclosure.

I was found wandering in a parking lot and brought to the shelter. While there for another animal, a great volunteer for the rescue saw me and brought me along too!

I am now learning to trust and to be social with people but I would really love to learn to bond to my person too. I can only do that in my forever home, could that be with you?

If you think we may be a good match, or you would like to get to know me better, please click the Adoption Application button below and an adoption counselor will reach back out to you!

1- We can only accept applications from interested parties who are in or near San Diego County, California at this time.
2- We do not ship reptiles but we may be willing to work with you if you are willing to travel if you are still in Southern California.
3- #2 will depend on the animal that you are applying for and is at the discretion of the board of directors.

Quick Reference Guide

Animal Type
Nile Monitor
Nile monitors are a semi aquatic large lizard found in central and soutern African continent, plus along the Nile River in Egypt. They reach 5-7 feet in length and live 15-20 years in captivity. Nile monitors have powerfully-built bodies, with long necks, sharp claws, and long vertically-flattened tails.
Difficulty Notes
Nile Monitors are quite intelligent and due to their larger size will require more experience to work with. Once they reach puberty, their hormones kick in and can become aggressive. Building trust is an important part of care and interaction. They can be incredibly rewarding but you will have to put a lot of time into them.
Basking Temp
Ambient Temp
Lowest Temp
Temp Notes
Due to the larger enclosure, expect to double or triple up on lighting/heating fixtures in order to provide high enough basking and ambient temps
Diet Notes
Nile Monitors are quick hunters and opportune scavengers, eating insects, mollusks, fish, amphibians, rodents, small mammals, bird eggs, and other reptiles--just about any animal they think they can swallow.
UVA Intensity
UVB Intensity
Ferguson Zone
Lighting Notes
Large lizards need strong lighting to promote healthy digestion.
Enclosure Size
Large Custom
Enclosure Notes
The absolute minimum enclosure size for a single Nile monitor is 8’L x 8’W x 8’H. In other words, you need at least a small room in order to house a Nile monitor adequately. This may seem huge, but keep in mind that these are very large, active lizards that need opportunities for both climbing and swimming within their enclosure.
Sand/Soil Mix
Substrate Notes
Nile Monitors need a substrate that holds humidity. They also like to dig.
High (70-100%)
Humidity Notes
Nile monitors (Varanus niloticus) are giant, diurnal, semi-aquatic lizards native to wet areas of sub-Saharan Africa. They prefer habitats close to water, such as swamps, mangroves, rivers, lakes, and pans. As such, they need high humidty to be maintained in order to stay healthy.

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