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Postby Eddie » Mon Feb 14, 2011 10:16 am

We found 18 eggs on a construction site in Thohoyandou (Venda) and yesterday they started to hatch (6 out already).
Can someone please ID them and tell us where to release them (near a dam, bush) ?
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Re: Construction Site Lizards

Postby Pythonodipsas » Mon Feb 14, 2011 10:22 am

Lovely find!

These are Nile or Water Monitors (Water Leguaan) - Varanus niloticus - You can release them in some thick bush near a dam.
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Re: Construction Site Lizards

Postby Fooble » Mon Feb 14, 2011 10:23 am

That is a Nile Monitor -Varanus niloticus.

You can release them somewhere where there is plenty of cover ( Vegetation ect) Near River or a dam would be perfect try get as close as possible to where you found the eggs though.


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Re: Construction Site Lizards

Postby Eddie » Mon Feb 14, 2011 10:29 am

Thanks Guys - Will do.
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Re: Construction Site Lizards

Postby Thehunter » Mon Feb 14, 2011 10:33 am

Hi Eddie, Those hatchling lizards you have there are water monitors(likkewaan) Try and release them close to a dam (preferably a dam withing a nature reserve since they need allot of space) Try and feet them some chiken livers(chopped into very small pieces) before you release them,,,this will at least give them a boost in thier new enviroment:)

Btw would you maby consider selling one? Ive been lookinf for a hatcling for so long......
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Re: Construction Site Lizards

Postby Westley Price » Mon Feb 14, 2011 10:35 am

It is illegal to sell/keep these animals in most provinces, including Gauteng and Limpopo, without permits.
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Re: Construction Site Lizards

Postby Thehunter » Mon Feb 14, 2011 10:38 am

Wes i know,,luckily i have the necessary permits:)

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Re: Construction Site Lizards

Postby Westley Price » Mon Feb 14, 2011 10:41 am

Even if you do have permits to keep Water Monitors, that does not mean you can collect one from the wild to fill your quota.
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Re: Construction Site Lizards

Postby Thehunter » Mon Feb 14, 2011 10:52 am

westley wrote:Even if you do have permits to keep Water Monitors, that does not mean you can collect one from the wild to fill your quota.

So what should i do? Go and buy some from a overseas dealer and make them ship it in illigally, and then the poor things end up dying? And im not taking it directly from the wild! Im taking it as a HATCHLING.
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Re: Construction Site Lizards

Postby Westley Price » Mon Feb 14, 2011 10:57 am

So because the animal is a hatchling, it is not from the wild? You logic is slightly flawed.

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So please keep your "deals" off the forum.
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Re: Construction Site Lizards

Postby Thehunter » Mon Feb 14, 2011 11:13 am

westley wrote:So because the animal is a hatchling, it is not from the wild? You logic is slightly flawed.

what i meant by that is im not taking a fully grown WILD monitor DIRECTLY from a natural enviroment it grew into,,im taking it as a hatchling, which is way better. Pet trade developed by taking animals from the wild and breeding them. so by your sense of logic i take it that the whole pet trade is wrong aswell?? There is nothing wrong with taking from the wild!
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Re: Construction Site Lizards

Postby Mitton » Mon Feb 14, 2011 11:17 am

Thehunter wrote:There is nothing wrong with taking from the wild!

Except that it is illegal and you can get a huge fine, go to jail or both.
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Re: Construction Site Lizards

Postby Thehunter » Mon Feb 14, 2011 11:19 am

Mitton wrote:
Thehunter wrote:There is nothing wrong with taking from the wild!

Except that it is illegal and you can get a huge fine, go to jail or both.


Not if you have the neccesary approval and permits
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Re: Construction Site Lizards

Postby Mitton » Mon Feb 14, 2011 11:24 am

Then prove it to us, scan your permit in and post the image here.
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Re: Construction Site Lizards

Postby Thehunter » Mon Feb 14, 2011 11:26 am

I dont have to prove anything to a moron...no offence but you sound like one
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