Say hello to one of our long staying residents...The Biawak! 🦎
Biawak is the name given locally to the Monitor Lizards that roam around the Nexus grounds searching for food. Although we don't know the exact number, there are at least 25 of them within the Nexus Resort.
They are not pets, they are wild animals and we treat them with care and respect and are proud to have them wandering around the resort, swimming in the ponds, walking along the beach and occasionally appearing in guest selfies.
We ❤️ Biawak & So does @echoyoung83
When the breeding ponds are losing fish by the hundreds every other week, it was time for the operators to lose some cool. Not to mention the mysterious disappearances of the neighbourhood cats. We went in, bagged 3, and this was the biggest of the lot at (estimated) 40kg. There are still a lot of these around but hopefully the death of their “leader” would dampen the ceremonious gluttony to an extent. Although that is very much doubtful - as much as the doubt of this young bull being the leader.
It pains me to make this post, but our Black Throat Monitor Lizard passed away yesterday. His breed's life expectancy is up to 20 yrs in captivity and he was only four. In my last post, we took celebratory photos for his fourth birthday. And now his sudden passing is a huge shock to my family and I. He was a very beloved pet, my fiance raised him from a hatchling. He used to carry him around in his hoodie everywhere he went until he was too big to fit. He was trained and he knew his name. He never hurt anybody, he was a very sweet boy. He was the mascot for our family's pet shop and he was loved by many people. Some strangers have said that he was scary or gross or ugly, but he was like a child to us. We're awaiting an autopsy report to see what caused his sudden illness, but we were told that we did everything right and it seems to be just a freak incident. The veterinarian was very nice and will deliver his ashes when they give us the report. It's going to take a long time for us (especially my fiance) to recover from this, but everything happens for a reason. We love you TJ and we're going to miss you very much 💖
It's hard to see the difference in 5 days but damn is Jade looking mighty beautiful, first 3 are from yesterday and the last two are from the first day she came to me 🥰😍 her personality just keeps getting better and more open each day. She loves her baths so we take a half hour long bath every day as you can see her T-Rex arms are very cute. She's got a lot of energy now and she also pooped out a HUGE chunk of mouse hair. Something people often forget is that monitors and tegus in general can't digest hair, they simply pass it with the rest of their waste. But if a lizard is kept in bad conditions with no humidity or good food the hair just builds up so bad that they stop feeling hungry. It causes malnourishment and it's really important to only be feeding monitors (juvenile to adult) mice once a week. For Bilbo he gets mice on Friday and then Saturday he gets offered fruit but nothing else so that his metabolism takes the time to digest all of the mice. But all in all Jade is an escape artist but a very happy girl(: and she has a forever home! Same rescue mom as Baby Blue #jadethemonitorrescue#monitorrescue#monitorlizard#monitorsarehugecommitments#fostermom
***WARNING GRAPHIC PHOTOS*** Around a year ago I revived toothless who came to me with an all manor of problems he was severely obese, had the deepest respiratory infection I have ever seen on a monitor and also had no teeth, hence the name (I am assuming that this was due to a poor diet being fed only scraps from the butchers by the previous owner) when I first got this animal his respiratory was so deep that he was struggling to pull his tongue back in. I then got some antibiotics which was given to him as an IM injection once every two days. After two weeks of having antibiotics and the correct husbandry the respiratory infection had improved drastically I couldn't believe how well he has reacted to the treatment. Then one night I offered him food and he refused it which I thought was strange and I would keep an eye on him, I then checked him the morning after and he seemed okay (as good as he could have been) then that night I came in checked on him as normal and he was lying in the same position as I found him but this time his tongue was sticking out, he has prolapsed and he was dead. I then proceeded to book a post mortum for him, which I was able to watch in on. After the post mortum it was clear that the cause of death was a twisted intestine, this links heavily to the obesity as it makes it a much higher chance of this happening to an animal if they are overweight (not saying it doesn't happen to animals of a good weight it just makes it more likely) The animal when weighed at the vets for antibiotics was weighed at just over 10 kilos. We removed the fat from the animal and weighed it seperatly and the fat was 2.25kilos meaning that just under a quarter of his own body weight was fat. This is due to poor heating and diet. The saddest part was we opened up the trachea and the lungs and the respiratory infection had passed so if he wasn't obese this animal would have more than likely survived. Please do your research and talk to the right people before buying these animals as it happens way to often and it's so sad #monitor#monitorlizard#monitorsofinstagram#blackdragon#lizard#varanus#varanussalvator#salvator#herp#herpsofinstagram#animals