It is always important to understand your pet’s diet and food consumption. After all, your primary objective is to provide uptmost care for your black throated monitor!
So what specifically does the Black-Throated Monitor eat? How does their diet look? Lets find out below.
The Black-Throated Monitor Diet Regime
In the wild: In Tanzania’s wilds, Black Throat Monitors are obligate carnivores, which means they are true carnivores that cannot digest veggies or plant material. They eat birds, eggs, small reptiles, aquatic animals, rodents, and insects.
In Captivity: Similarly, like in the wild, they also need to eat many prey items such as birds and mice. They are strong and robust lizards, so we must consider that while feeding them.
Watch this short video below on the black throated monitor eating at a zoo.
Rats, small chickens, and other rodents are good options for black throat monitors. Crustaceans, snakes, fish, lizards, eggs, and even freshwater shellfish are suitable options and acceptable diet variations for these giant monsters.
Insects, such as mealworms, crickets, and cockroaches, can be fed to these monitors in addition to their regular meals of birds and rodents. If you feed insects, dust them with a calcium powder first, and make sure the insect has been gut-loaded with bee pollen or any other supplement.
The wild-caught Black Throat Monitor may only want to eat live prey, while captive-bred monitors are willing to eat already killed prey. Most Black Throated Monitor owners buy previously-killed, frozen mice, or frozen-rat in bulk online and thaw them as required. There is some debate about whether these Monitors need to stalk or hunt before eating. If they’ve been raised in captivity, this primal instinct has likely been decreased.
Effect Of Age On Monitors’s Diet
Age also affects their preferences. Hatchlings tend to favor insects over whole animals, but their preference changes, and the mice and rats will be more enticing as they grow. Meals should be dusted with calcium powder, even for hatchlings, for their proper bone growth.
Feed your Black Throat Monitor a few times a week and adjust the diet schedule if your pet Monitor becomes overweight or too thin. Weigh your monitor monthly or weekly so that you can adapt feedings as required.
Use well-built bowls for drinking water and food. Using bowls that can be tightly attached to the cage’s side is the best way to avoid food or water spillage.
Do not Overfeed your Black-Throated Monitor
Speaking of digestion problems, the black-throated monitor has a voracious, carnivorous appetite, as we discussed above. Overfeeding naturally leads to an overweight—even obese—pet, which does not bode well for its health.
A handy tip for obesity: check your monitor’s belly. If its belly touches the floor while the monitor is walking, keepers must start developing a diet and exercise plan. We also recommend dusting their raw feed with vitamins to balance their diet with the required vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients.