Nile Monitors

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Terrarium keepers can depend on this manual to tell them everything they need to know about the care and maintenance of Nile Monitor lizards. Books in the Complete Pet Owner's Manuals series present basic information about pets for new or soon-to-be owners. Advice and instruction covers feeding, housing, health care, training, grooming, protection against hazards, and more. Texts emphasize pet care basics and are easy for all readers to understand, but most titles also present facts that even experienced pet ...

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Overview

Terrarium keepers can depend on this manual to tell them everything they need to know about the care and maintenance of Nile Monitor lizards. Books in the Complete Pet Owner's Manuals series present basic information about pets for new or soon-to-be owners. Advice and instruction covers feeding, housing, health care, training, grooming, protection against hazards, and more. Texts emphasize pet care basics and are easy for all readers to understand, but most titles also present facts that even experienced pet owners and breeders will find new and useful. All books in this series are filled with high quality full-color photos and instructive line art.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764116407
  • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2001
  • Series: Complete Pet Owner's Manuals
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 7.87 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to Nile Monitors 5
General Information 6
The Ornate Nile Monitor 7
Conservation 10
Basic Biological Information 13
Similarities 13
External Differences 13
Internal Differences 14
Sizes 15
Sight and Smell 18
Locomotion 19
Sexing 19
Behavior in the Wild 25
Diet 25
Shelter 26
Enemies 26
Aestivation 26
Nesting and Egg Incubation 27
Keeping a Nile Monitor at Home 29
Choosing a Nile Monitor 29
Biting 29
The Captive Environment 29
Housing 32
Escape 38
Cohabitation 39
HOW-TO: Building an Outdoor Enclosure 42
Diet of Captive Nile Monitors 45
Hatchling and Juvenile Diet 45
Invertebrates 46
Hand-feeding 50
Whole Prey Items 50
Modifying the Diet 51
Water 54
Handling 57
Gloves 57
Handling Techniques 58
Checking the Environment 59
Petting 59
Handling with Care 59
Aggression 62
Spending Time with Your Monitor 63
Leashes 66
Before Taking Your Monitor Outdoors 67
Captive Breeding 69
Getting Started 69
Mating Behavior 71
Nesting 72
Recovery of the Eggs 78
Incubation 79
Preparing Egg Containers 79
Caring for Hatchlings 80
HOW-TO: Building an Incubator 82
Common Health Problems 85
Respiratory Infections 85
Nose Rubbing 86
Minor Cuts and Scrapes 87
Difficulty Shedding 90
Internal Parasites 90
Information 92
Glossary 92
Useful Literature 93
Index 94
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