Argus Monitor

Also known as Yellow-Spotted Monitor

Argus Monitor

The Argus Monitor (Varanus panoptes) is native to northern regions of Australia and southern New Guinea. They can live 15 - 20 Years and grow to 3.5 - 5 Feet. Their conservation statis is Least Concern (LC).

The Basics for Argus Monitors

  • Housing
  • 8x4x5 feet minimum
  • Substrate
  • Cypress mulch, Coconut Husk, Sand
  • Lighting
  • Temperature
  • 75 - 100 ° F
  • Humidity
  • 70% - 80%
  • Food
  • Super worms, crickets, crayfish, small mice, chicks & more

Argus Monitor Care

**Disclaimer** This is a short, simple guide mainly for research and general understand. If you’re considering raising an argus monitor, please do proper research. Find a qualified professional for advice and information. Find a much, much more detailed care sheet than this one!

Argus monitors can make for beautiful pets but without the proper caging and consistent attention they can become aggressive. They do grow to be quite large so a nice sized enclosure will suit them best. Full spectrum lighting is suggested between 12 and 24 hours per day with a nice basking area (up to 115° F) and access to cooler hiding areas. This species also requires moderate to high humidity with a nice sized water hole for drinking and swimming/soaking. It’s also strongly urged that you handle your pet often to keep them tame.


The size of an argus monitor is typically between 3 and 5 feet. Males are generally 4 – 5 feet while females are smaller.


Argus monitors are meat eaters. Owners often feed them live mice and small rodents like hamsters or rats. Its said they will eat larger worms and feeding them reptile supplements for vitamins and calcium is a great idea. Eggs are also among the list of foods that can be in your pet monitor’s diet.


Sometimes the males will become aggressive towards each other. Its a good idea to separate the males until they’re tame. Handling your lizard will insure he stays tame and friendly; Without handling, attention and care they can become aggressive and unattached.

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