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Varanus albigularis microstictus

Black-throated Monitor

Scientific Name: Varanus albigularis microstictus

Best substrate for a Black-throated Monitor Varanus albigularis microstictus ReptiChip

What Makes ReptiChip The Best Black-throated Monitor Bedding


Black-throated monitors (Varanus albigularis microstictus) are impressive reptiles known for their size, behavior, and unique characteristics. Native to parts of eastern and southern Africa, these monitors are among the largest species of monitors, reaching lengths of 4 to 6 feet (1.2 to 1.8 meters), sometimes lengths of up to 7 feet (approximately 2.1 meters) and weighing more than 25 pounds (11.3 kilograms). They are distinguishable by their robust build, with a stout body and powerful legs, equipped for both terrestrial movement and climbing. Their coloration ranges from dark brown to black, often adorned with yellow or white spots or speckles, which can vary in intensity and pattern among individuals.

In their natural habitat, Black Throat Monitors are primarily terrestrial but are also proficient climbers and swimmers. They are opportunistic carnivores, feeding on a varied diet of small mammals, birds, reptiles, insects, and occasionally carrion. Known for their intelligence and curiosity, they are capable of learning and recognizing their keepers, often displaying inquisitive behavior. In captivity, they require spacious enclosures with a blend of substrate that allows for burrowing, ample hiding spots, and climbing structures. Despite their potentially intimidating size and appearance, well-cared-for Black Throat Monitors can develop strong bonds with their keepers and thrive in enriched environments that cater to their natural behaviors.

Why ReptiChip?


ReptiChip is made by black throated monitor lovers, for black throated monitor lovers. It’s what the pros use, and it’s what you can use, too.

Our product line includes BabiChip, RediChip, ReptiChunk, MicroChip, and more, so you can be sure to find the perfect black throated monitor bedding for your pet.

Ready to switch to the ultimate black throated monitor bedding? Check out ReptiChip today.

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Common Black-throated Monitor Reptichip Questions

ReptiChip provides an ideal environment for your black throated monitor by balancing cleanliness, comfort, and humidity. It's excellent for moisture retention, which is crucial for the well-being of many reptiles and amphibians. The substrate is also low in sodium and potassium, reducing the risk of mineral buildup that could harm your black throated monitor.

Absolutely! While ReptiChip offers premium quality, it's priced affordably to be consumer-friendly. The substrate's durability and ease of maintenance also mean that you'll need to replace it less frequently, making it a cost-effective long-term choice for your black throated monitor.

ReptiChip is known for its low tannin content, which means it won't stain your enclosure or your black throated monitor. It's also excellent at odor absorption, keeping your living space fresh. This makes it one of the easiest substrates to maintain, allowing you more quality time with your black throated monitor.