Jurassic Fact of the Week: Bane The Black Throat Monitor

What’s got four feet of scales and can walk on a leash?

No, it’s not a Saint Bernard with a skin condition; it’s one of The Reptile Zoo’s newest residents, Bane the Black Throat Monitor!

Bane has been with us for two months after being acquired from loyal customer Anthony, and is not only on display in The Reptile Zoo, but is also quite a party animal in his work with Jurassic Parties. In fact, Bane has already been to a handful of parties in his short career with the company.

When you’re a four foot lizard, a party can make you a star in two ways. Like most large reptiles, if not socialized and familiar with human interaction, Bane could be an aggressive party pooper. Luckily, he is being trained so the more sweet and mild side of his personality shines making him the life of the party.

Like most of us in sunny Los Angeles, this gentleman likes to keep things natural, especially his tough toenails. A favorite behavior of monitors is to “hug” their handlers using them as a tree, and his long toenails have caused a few of his experienced handlers to take a needle and thread to their uniforms after an event. Maybe we can point out that all the celebrities get manicures and convince him to get one?

Bane doesn’t mean any harm, he just loves to hold on to people he likes. He values their love and affection like all other Monitors. Not to mention, sometimes you just need a good hug.

Now about Bane’s “training,” since Bane is a still getting the hang of the party circuit, he requires someone with experience to help him get used to having so many people around. Being a celebrity can be overwhelming after all!

Despite being a monitor, Bane, like all Black Throat Monitors is not a swimmer. In the wild, they prefer to burrow or climb throughout the area that they call home in Tanzania. Despite their small natural habitat, Black Throat Monitors are not considered endangered. This is good news for all of Bane’s distant relations back home!

Bane’s reptile family at The Reptile Zoo includes “big brother” Boss who is only slightly larger than our new scaly pal. Their lengths are literally a big deal since most of the time a Black Throat Monitor will only reach 3-3.5 feet. Still, at four feet, Bane and Boss are small compared to the largest known of their species who was 7 feet long! That’s about 1/3 of Twinkie!

Boss is definitely more experienced than this new kid on the block. He has two years of being the center of attention at parties behind him and has fine-tuned his manners as a result of his wisdom. While the lighter Black Throat Monitor scarfs his snacks down in no time, Boss has mastered a “suave” attitude to match his darker coloring and savors his protein filled food. Can you blame Bane though? He IS a growing young man after all... Well, perhaps more young than growing... Hey, there’s nothing wrong with enjoying your food!

Manners or not, Bane is a new favorite at TheReptile Zoo and we look forward to many years of hugs and quick meals with this handsome Monitor.

Come visit Bane soon...and who knows, he might be rockin’ his leash while out for a walk.


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It's too quiet......

Hi guys,

It's a quiet Wednesday here at The Reptile Zoo, so please come visit!   We have had a few regulars, like my new friend Jake (pics at bottom)...and my "photo of the day" is an adorable black-throat monitor taking a bath in her water bowl.  So that's what you are missing today.  Come out to see us, and give your favorite animal some love! 



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Spotlight on: Wessel the Black Throat Monitor!

Wessel is our male Black Throat Monitor! You can come meet him all day everyday at our booth at the OC Fair! I'm going to tell you a little bit about Wessel, since we love him so much!

Black Throat Monitors, or Varanus Albigularis are native to southern Africa, more specifically the savannah region. They are a very large monitor, adult males reaching up to 6 feet in length! Thats a big lizard if I do say so myself (unless you've met Brando....) They are carnivorus, and are also very good garbage disposals, they will eat almost anything! They are also very smart and very personable animals.

Wessel is about 4 1/2 years old, and was given to us by a friend of the store. He has been with us a year now and is doing wonderful! He gets all the love and attention he deserves here with us, and we wouldn't have it any other way! If you would like a Black Throat Monitor of your very own, make sure you stop by the shop and talk to one of our lovely staff! They can help you find the perfect addition to your family. Make sure to stop by the fair to meet Wessel first! He will win you over for sure!





Wessel and I sharing some quality time together at the OC Fair!

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