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Marissa asked in PetsReptiles · 1 decade ago

Black throat or water monitor? help!?

I want to buy one at the reptile expo, I want to know which one is easier to maintain. I used to have a big nile monitor, but it bitt my uncle so I had to sale him. I have owned savannah's to Nile's and even 5-6 foot male iguanas. I can handle high maintenance reptiles. Have you ever owned a black throat or water monitor? I can handle the big cages that they require, and feeding will not be a problem at all.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Update:

I do have experience with large monitors, and so called "dangerous" reptiles. I hate bearded dragons. Such ugly things they are.

Update 2:

Jason, I am not trying to offend/desrespect you in anyway, but I do have experience with large monitors (lace monitors). Mine died of cancer. That's what the vet had told me. But if you are a top contributer, if you have owned either one, how was your experience with them?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    I've personally never have owned either ... You may want to check w/ human society or court house to find out if they are legal to own where you live, some states may ban. Which one I would chose its not up to me, your the one taking care of it, not me, go w/ one you'd prefer over the other.

    water: http://www.naturia.per.sg/buloh/verts/monitor_liza...

    black: http://www.repticzone.com/caresheets/44.html

    http://www.expertvillage.com/video-series/3050_bla...

    youtube videos on both:

    http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=water+monito...

    and

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDuD1rw39B8

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    Source(s): - Iguana owner
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  • stayer
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Black Water Monitor

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  • Doris
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    cody you said not to get a monitor but if he wants a reptile get a lizard or snake? monitors are lizards lol... how many eat their owners? hahaha wow you watch to much of that stupid animal Planet crap. i heard of one person that died and monitors were found eating him, which most animals that where starving would eat a person if found dead.. so one time out of the probably more than 20,000k monitors that are kept in the US.. dogs kill more people in a year than reptiles do in 4 my friend had an 8 foot 114 pound water monitor, he was calm and would take food right out of your hand, he would not let his guard down even though he had the Monitor since it hatched out of the egg. its still a wild animal and anything could happen. same with any animals dogs, cats, horses, snakes i agree with the person that said a water or black throat is not a beginner monitor.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    the only advice you need is to not get either. large monitors are way more then you can handle. you do not have the experience with large /dangerous lizards to keep one properly.having "owned"(past tens) a sav. and a nile and an iggy means you probably failed at keeping all .if you cant keep a nile or a sav for that matter, you DEFINITELY cant keep a water or black throat. get a bearded dragon.

    p.s. OK, i have nothing bad to say about my personal experiences with black throats except to say the one i owned was a HUGE hand full , was VERY expensive to maintain. and was kept in a basic monitor fashion. as much as i loved it , it was a bad choice for me (and most!)

    i have never kept nor will ever keep waters.(the smaller monitors are MUCH more fun!!!!)

    with all respect i call b.s. on the lacey.

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  • 1 decade ago

    jason hc is correct. you are not experienced enough for either. i have owned water monitors. are you aware that a water monitor is the second largest lizard in the world, capable of growing 8 feet long? can you provide it with a room sized enclosure? if you got rid of a nile monitor just because it bit someone, that tells me you have no business with large and potentially dangerous lizards. get a leopard gecko. their bite won't break the skin.

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  • NY2798
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    I would say a black throat i never had a monitor but I saw the water monitor in a store and its tank set up looked really hard to set up and expensive.

    Source(s): reptile owner
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    i would go with the black throat. Even though mine bit me every day until it turned 10 i loved him to death.

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