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    Default Varanus similis - Spotted Tree Monitors

    So there I was, at the local reptile show, completing a pre-arranged deal with a girl, and she wanted one of the crested geckos I had for sale. She happened to be with her brother, who has a very large and eclectic collection of dwarf monitor, some of which he was selling. I love the dwarfs and these ended up as part of the deal for the crested. I did not mean to come home with tree monitors... but things happen sometimes.

    SO my 1.2 trio of V. similis!
    Stella (the big sweet girl)


    Talulah (the medium hissy, puffy, squiggly [so bad picture] girl)


    Half-Cocked Jack (the small, mean boy, and the reason I am wearing gloves; you should see what he did to my hands when I didn't)


    Anybody experienced with them? I've looked up as much as I can online, but I love having first hand accounts!

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    Congrats!! They look feisty! Good luck

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    They are beautiful! How big do they get?
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    Dwarf monitors are quite amazing. I don't have any personal experience with them but I thought I'd say congrats on the awesome trio!
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    Whoa! Those guys look great! Congrats on your new additions! I don't have personal experience with them either unfortunately, but I'd certainly love to one day.

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    These are actually full grown! This is apparently a relatively complex species to breed as their breeding season is tied to a monsoon season in their native range. Also there is apparently a lot of discussion as to the taxonomy of the species. They are considered a part of the timoriensis complex (Timor monitors) with at least 3 other species. Their are slight differences in looks but from what I have read the give away is hemipene morphology... I'm not quite curious enough to take a look yet though.

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    Congrats-those are beauties! I don't recall which issue it was, but one of the Biawak articles I read was a nice write up of one author's breeding success with this species-may be of some use to you. http://varanidae.org/biawak

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    Nice! I will have to look at those. That looks like a pretty awesome resource!

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    Lee do you still have these? Todd just picked up a pair today. Would love to hear your care ideas. He has red ackies and timor monitors. Thanks

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    Hey Cin! They are VERY closely related to Timors, and I really thought of mine as a more arboreal ackie. They love to climb and love a higher hide spot in my experience as opposed to digging like an ackie. They also are a little more feisty...

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