What do black tree monitors eat?
These lizards are fast, and they take down their prey quickly. They have long, sharp teeth, so they grab, shake, rip and swallow anything they attack in the blink of an eye. They feed mostly on small invertebrates. They also eat tiny mammals, amphibians, and small birds or eggs.
Black tree monitors can be skittish, but they do have a lot of personality. Our black tree monitor will come right down to us and take food off tongs. He seems to enjoy chasing down crickets and roaches as well. We feed him earth worms, mealworms and wax worms. We’ll also cut up hardboiled egg and give him pinkie (baby) mice and little chunks of beef. We try to vary his diet as much as possible. Providing him with live prey also offers some enrichment and exercise.
We mist his habitat daily to keep the humidity high and offer him a drink. A lot of lizards, especially arboreal lizards found in tropical areas, don’t have to worry about finding a water source because it rains all the time. So, they are very accustomed to drinking from rain or mist.
Do tree monitors live alone?
Most monitors are solitary, and there’s evidence that black tree monitors become territorial toward other males. They’ll rise on their hind legs and attack each other. Males tolerate females in their range during the breeding season. Females bury or hide their eggs somewhere warm where the eggs can incubate. Their nests are typically off the ground, like in an elevated termite mound, tree hole or decaying log. Mom will defend her hatchlings for a little while before they head out on their own.