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Old 07-04-2018, 02:00 PM   #11
VaranidGuy
IME, most monitors can become interactive with their keeper, it just depends on how much effort you're willing to put in. Timors, for instance, tend to be extremely shy and reclusive, but with enough positive reinforcement (typically with food), even they can become rather accustomed to their owners and become inquisitive. It is the nature of all monitors.

Did you ever see that video where the intelligence of monitors was being researched? They used a savannah, which is touted by some to be the "dumbest" of the monitors. To be honest, you'd be hard pressed to find an "unintelligent" monitor rather than an "intelligent" one.

If you want something that stays a very manageable size, isn't extremely shy, but doesn't tend to be overly aggressive either, I second Otto in saying an ackie would be the hot ticket.
 
Old 07-04-2018, 02:26 PM   #12
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IME, most monitors can become interactive with their keeper, it just depends on how much effort you're willing to put in. Timors, for instance, tend to be extremely shy and reclusive, but with enough positive reinforcement (typically with food), even they can become rather accustomed to their owners and become inquisitive. It is the nature of all monitors.

Did you ever see that video where the intelligence of monitors was being researched? They used a savannah, which is touted by some to be the "dumbest" of the monitors. To be honest, you'd be hard pressed to find an "unintelligent" monitor rather than an "intelligent" one.

If you want something that stays a very manageable size, isn't extremely shy, but doesn't tend to be overly aggressive either, I second Otto in saying an ackie would be the hot ticket.
Ended up with a red ackie! Very clever little species and it seems to actually enjoy interaction. Thanks for all the recommendations! Out of all the varanids I got to work with in the last month I really liked the ackies. I handled some timors, exanthematicus, and panoptes as well. Only the ackies waited at the front of ththe enclosure to be handled and once one was taken out of the cage the others crowded the door for their turn.

Pretty fun species to watch too. They're incredibly active and their interactions with one another can be pretty funny.
 
Old 07-04-2018, 02:59 PM   #13
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Ended up with a red ackie! Very clever little species and it seems to actually enjoy interaction. Thanks for all the recommendations! Out of all the varanids I got to work with in the last month I really liked the ackies. I handled some timors, exanthematicus, and panoptes as well. Only the ackies waited at the front of ththe enclosure to be handled and once one was taken out of the cage the others crowded the door for their turn.

Pretty fun species to watch too. They're incredibly active and their interactions with one another can be pretty funny.
Good call! Ackies are wonderful little lizards.
 

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