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Crocodile Monitors played the Velociraptors in Jurassic Park

Postby Laughing Hyena » Tue Jun 09, 2015 2:47 pm

I was watching some fact thing about Crocodile Monitors and it said for a fun fact that Crocodile Monitors were used to help portray the Velociraptors in Jurassic Park. If that was really true I am now interested in Crocodile Monitors as I love Jurassic Park and it got me into the hobby of Reptiles. I would love to keep a Crocodile Monitor but I heard they get pretty big anyone here keep a Crocodile Monitor?
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Re: Crocodile Monitors played the Velociraptors in Jurassic

Postby KingObeat » Wed Jun 10, 2015 1:55 am

I've worked with croc monitors a few times. They should only be kept by the most experienced keepers and should not be taken likely. Anything in particular that you wanted to know?

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Re: Crocodile Monitors played the Velociraptors in Jurassic

Postby TamanduaGirl » Wed Jun 10, 2015 1:46 pm

The claim seems to be that they used a close up of it's eye but this is the only thing I found about that
But that may be what you already watched.
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Re: Crocodile Monitors played the Velociraptors in Jurassic

Postby naja-naja » Thu Jun 11, 2015 2:34 am

They are very big, very aggressive and surprisingly very delicate. Definitely not an animal to get into because they look like a dinosuar you liked the look of in a movie. If you have some experience with reptiles and have already kept or keep something like a beardie or water dragon, you might consider a frilled lizard ... ed-lizard/
they are a decent sized lizard (about 30''-36'') yet still manageable in captivity (think along the lines of a 5 foot long vivarium instead of a 15 foot long room) Realistically, croc monitors should only really be considered by those with the space to devote an entire room of about 15'x10' to it, and the money to heat and humidify it to match a tropical asian rainforest, install a pool, lizard proof the electronics etc. you would also need experience with similarly sized reptiles (nile monitors, water monitors or crocodilians for example) or with a croc monitor in another collection.
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Re: Crocodile Monitors played the Velociraptors in Jurassic

Postby Ash » Fri Jun 12, 2015 10:20 pm

Vital Exotics has crocodile monitors and has a good care sheet on monitors if you're interested. As the others mentioned, they require a lot of care. I personally would never consider owning a large monitor unless I was raising my own feeders (hence why I just bought rats to start breeding, lol). They are really cool-looking animals. The water monitors where I work are really great to be around, but they are a lot of work.

Nile monitors are cool too though, and they get a large, but handle-able, size. There are three of those where I work, and the biggest, oldest one is really sweet. But they have to be raised with a lot of handling--the younger one is a terror, but I'm hoping I'll be able to tame him down with a lot of regular handling. He loves to try to bite any chance he gets.

I'd be interested to know more about the role they played in Jurassic Park. I always love it when reptiles help out the film industry, lol.
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