Black Rough-Necked Monitor
- Family: Varanidae
- Adult Size: Moderately sized with adults ranging between 3 and 4 feet.
- Range: Natives of Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines.
- Habitat: Rainforests and swamps.
- Captive Lifespan: 12 to 20 Years
- Care Level: Advanced
Black rough-necked monitors are extremely arboreal and will benefit from a tall cage and numerous branches mounted both horizontally and vertically. Hide boxes and retreats are also needed.
Newly imported black rough-necked monitors are usually dehydrated and heavily loaded with parasites, therefore the administration of fluids and a fecal analysis by a vet are definitely in order.
Captive black rough-necked monitors will accept earthworms, lizards, birds, eggs and mice.
Monitors require temperatures ranging between 82 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit, with a warmer basking spot (up to about 95 or 97 degrees Fahrenheit). Nighttime temperatures can be lowered to around 70 or 75 degrees Fahrenheit. A thermal gradient is recommended.