Care Sheet

Once you have decided on a monitor lizard as a pet, you will want to have everything prepared before bringing him home. Your pet needs a suitable home and habitat that is safe and of adequate size. He will also need all the foods that will give him a nutritious diet.

With a little preparation you will have a happy reptile that can live a long and healthy life. Below is a list of items that you will need.


A large and tall cage where the size is determined by how large your pet will be as an adult. For a large monitor, the cage should be at least 8′ x 3′ x 6′. Always go with the biggest cage possible.

Sturdy branches, ledges, shelves, ramps, and other decor to allow your pet to climb, bask, and explore.

A hide area where your lizard can feel safe and secure.

Monitors that like to be in water will require a kiddie pool or large tub with ramps for easy entry and exit. A heater for the water will also be needed.

Long UVB fluorescent bulbs that can cover large areas.

Light fixtures that will prevent your monitor from getting to close to light and heat sources.

Basking bulbs or heat emitting bulbs to keep your pet’s home warm.

Thermometer to monitor the temperature of the cage.

A substrate for the bottom of the cage. Eco-earth or a mixture of clean dirt & sand can work as a suitable substrate.

Food and water bowls. The bowls should be heavy or be able to attach to the cage to prevent spillage.

Food & Supplements

Insects like crickets, mealworms, cockroaches, and grasshoppers.

Commercial monitor food designed to supply the correct vitamins and nutrients.

Mice of the appropriate size. Always try to feed your pet pre-killed mice.

Raw foods available at a grocery store such as ground turkey or chicken, eggs, fish, shrimp, or crab. All food should be chopped or ground into bite size pieces.

A calcium and vitamin D3 supplement.

A reptile multivitamin.

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