clawing at the glass. Many people will think this is an
attempt at escape; rather, it is merely an attempt to keep
foraging, thwarted by this mysterious substance through
which they can peer, but not go forward.
Because of their heightened
awareness and intelligence,
monitors can, like only a few
other reptiles, come to learn
specific human individuals as
their keepers and food source.
Thus, they can develop a level of
human/herp comfort and rapport
that few other reptiles can offer.
And that is why they are amongst
our most popular pets.
As I said, monitors are a large
and varied family, but there are
some constants throughout the
family. They need large and well-furnished cages that include hiding
spots and climbing branches.
Almost all monitors like it hot, and
all but one;which is available
only to zookeepers—are strictly
carnivores. They are Old World
animals, e;clusive to Asia,
Africa and Australia. The three
most commonly seen in the