5 Year Member
Hello everyone. So ive had a wonderful little asian water monitor for about a year now. I got him as a rescue from a local animal shelter where he was simply labeled as " lizard". But I knew better, he was gonna be a big boy. As expected he very quickly outgrew the 50 gallon terrarium i had him. I just finished building an 8 x 8x 4 ft enclosure out of plywood and other woods safe for reptiles. i used coconut chips for bedding, hes got a basking spot and a good temperature gradient, as well as a tub for soaking. he was very curious when i first put him in, and spent most of his time exploring. when i checked in on him the next day, he had escaped. i found out where and quickly patched it up ( and have not had any escapes since). I ended up finding him in the MECHANICS of the freezer in the garage. he was very frightened, and i had to flip the freezer ( gently) on its side so he could escape. After he did he tried to bite me, he puffed up and hissed, and he wouldnt let me get close. I had to catch him with gloves and a towel. now he doesnt like it at all when i get close and puffs up. now he seems very lethargic. This is a lizard that would literally climb up to me whenever i opened his cage before. he wasnt the cuddly type, but he certainly didnt mind being handled. now hes eating a LOT less, not soaking, and hes tucking himself away and wedging himself in any little space he can find. i feel like its stress induced, but im not sure. Ive left him alone to give him time to calm down and adjust, but im really worried about the decrease in appetite, and im also worried that he will be permanently aggressive toward me. does anyone have any experience with this? or advice? ill post a picture of the enclosure from my phone in a second....