How To Tame A Black Throat Monitor

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Black Throat Monitor are fantastic reptiles. Unlike many other reptiles, they are alert and active and can become very responsive and friendly towards their keeper.

Taming of Black Throat Monitor:

This method’s beauty for taming a Black Throat Monitor is that it takes less time and effort. It would help if you kept that in mind that you first need is gaining their trust. You can not get them tame as it will stress them and try to attack or hiss when you enter the cage.

These are the steps to tame a Black Throat Monitor easily:

1.     Get a Young Black Throat Monitor

Always prefer to get young Black Throat Monitor as they are naïve and easy to handle or trained. Progeny from domesticated Black Throat Monitor is preferred. If you do not have that type of Monitor or captured your Monitor from the wild, you must add extra effort. Usually, for a wild Black Throat Monitor, you have to gain his trust for months.

2.     Leave your Black Throat Monitor Alone

It is an excellent practice to do not disturb or bother Monitors when you bring them home. Leave them to their own will for at least seven to ten days. Let them be familiar with their enclosure. Please ensure that you have multiple hide spots available for your Monitor to utilize, like cork bark flats, cork bark tubes, etc. This will make him/her feel safe and secure.

3.     Observe and Feed Your Black Throat Monitor

After almost ten days, let your Black throat Monitor sees you while putting some food in its cage. Allow him to eat in front of you. Carry on this practice for at least two weeks. Patience is the key to train Black Throat Monitor.

4.     Use Tongs to Place Food Near Your Black Throat Monitor

After a total of 3 weeks or so, start using tongs to place the food in the Monitor’s general vicinity/surrounding. Avoid any sudden movements. Repeat this process for about a month. If it still seems nervous or keeps hissing after a month, try to use tongs for a much more extended period. When you observe that you ultimately gain his/her trust, then you may discontinue using tongs.

5.     Begin to Feed Your Monitor by Hand

After gaining their complete trust, now it’s time to feed them with your hand. Gloves are essential. Offer food gradually and slowly, and do not rush. Your Monitor will surely come to you if you do that with patience. Do that procedure for at least a month, and your Monitor will welcome you when he/she sees you. When you attain this point, the Monitor will not take you as a threat or danger.

6.     Let Your Monitor Come to You

Let the Monitor to your hand, inside the enclosure.  Your Black Throat Monitor will walk around and judge you initially. But, after some time, he seems relaxed and comfortable around you. Give him some time if he is still feeling insecure.

Ultimately, patience and willingness is the key to tame a Black Throat Monitor.

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  1. My black throat monitor is 8 months old I tryed everything people said hands on, hands off nothing works he comes to me and eats food off of me but he still does not trust me, he bites the gloves and holes it for minutes, what should I do

    • Actually, there are many reasons why he is doing this. First, it is because your monitor is still very young, they have a huge age of 25 years. So, regular handling and patience is the best way to taming. With effort, a monitor can make a wonderful pet, but you must be willing to spend time with him and try method mentioned above in post
      The other option is that consider another monitor and keep them in pairs. It will also reduce their aggressiveness.

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