||One year, five months old|
||Black Throat Monitor|
||New York City, New York, USA|
pet is a Black Throat Monitor and his name is Tanzi, he is one year
and five months old. It was a cold january monday evening. We were
unpacking our boxes after two day weekend reptile show in White Plains,
where we were vendors, selling all sorts of stuff, except live animals.
As we were emptying box full of rubber reptiles toys, stacking them in
on pile, one of them came to life. It was a baby monitor lizard. He was
cold and looked very unhappy. He must have escaped from one of the
vendors at night between shows and decided to hide in our box. He was so
tiny, about eight inches long, must have just hatched. We already had two
iguanas and red tail boa, but we immediately knew, we were going to keep
this adventurous little guy. After all, out of hundred plus vendors, he
We knew it was a monitor, but we did not know much about them. So next
day we bought a book on monitors and learned, that it was a black throat
(varanus albigularis). We thought for about 30 minutes, how to name him
and decided on "TANZI", after Tanzania, where they live. We tried to
figure out if it was a boy or a girl, but could not. But, we would find
out soon. About ten days later as he was walking around on a floor in
our room, he suddenly started lifting his back and puffing his neck and
bending his tail, acting like a macho man, telling us that this is his
house now. Today, after almost a year and a half, he is four feet long and
very happy and healthy kid. And every time we let him roam around our
room, he still does same trick, only everything is much bigger now. And
he loves to terrorize our cat. He also is a great soccer player. When we
roll a small soccer ball towards him, he hits it better than any pro.
That's our "TANZI." He is four months old in that picture.
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