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Can someone help me identify this reptile that was abandoned at my work.

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posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 02:35 PM
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Hello I know there are plenty of animal lovers here on ATS so I figure this is a good place as of any to ask it.

This little guy was abandoned at my work, left in the parking lot in a small aquarium, to either rot or escape so I decided to take him(her) home. I had a big tank left from my python so it was really no problem picking it up. Had the heat lamp and rock already. He(she) handles quite well as he(she) chilled in my shirt pocket hanging out the whole way home. Got a mouse the reptile devoured it.

Just wondering if you know what kind of lizard I got here. The pet store didn't know (not a surprise coming from chain pet stores).

My wife tried google goggles and it came up with a picture of a tortise


Well thanks!





posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 02:44 PM
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it's a scandinavian death lizard, one bite and your dead!





no, jk, man idk.



posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 02:48 PM
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Ah the scarce Scandinavian death lizard. I wonder why I am not dead yet, as I was trying to get the mouse in the cage he almost took my finger off.



posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 02:48 PM
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I have no idea because he looked emaciated..... Maybe Iguana? I can't tell without seeing the side of the head though? I don't know lizards much but he's so skinny...it makes it tough to recognize what I'm thinking would be more obvious features on a healthy one?



posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 02:51 PM
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crested gecko maybe?



posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 02:52 PM
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I think its the picture, he is bent going up the little dome thing. When he lays flat he is nice and plump. I am going to bring him to the vet on Saturday to make sure hes not compacted etc.



posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 02:54 PM
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Not sure myself, thought it might be a type of gecko.

If nobody here can help, you might want to ask these guys. (if this is allowed)
preusspets.com...

Hands down most helpful!!!



posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 02:57 PM
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Thanks I will check it out.



posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 03:00 PM
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don't think it is a gecko, well, not one of the ones I know. Geckos tend to have short, stubby tails, and not really long claws.
To me it looks more like some kind of Agamid, a very hungry one at that..

animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu...
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posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 03:00 PM
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Here are better pictures
He is about foot , Head is very spade in shape.




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posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 03:03 PM
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What a good act you did, that is very benevolent of you. We need more people like you in the world.

I cant believe people theses days are just getting worse and worse abandoning him to die in a tank!!! That's horrible, at least let him go and do his lizard thing ya know? Its no surprise though considering how we treat each other theses days. Things that cant do anything about its condition suffer because of us fighting with each other. Most likely the poor guy was a the victim of a parent who said get rid of it. Pressure leads to despair which leads to rash decisions. Sometimes I think we think too much, others not enough. It is in effect a delicate balance in the end.

- He looks sort of like a Komodo dragon cross with a bearded dragon or some where in between Just a guess.

-Larchmont (a nick name someone gave me because they couldn't remember my name)
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posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 03:05 PM
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Originally posted by JValhalla
Here are better pictures
He is about foot , Head is very spade in shape.




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A foot long? that is large. is that snout til vent, or snout til tip of tail? Head looks like a monitor lizard, Varanus sp.
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posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 03:20 PM
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It's an under fed iguana.../lizard

I would take him to vet.


If he was was properly taken care of, he would be his body size but that is not a normal body size for iguana unless it was born a runt.
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posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 03:20 PM
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A friend of mine who is quite the reptile enthusiast said its a malnourished savannah monitor. Hope this helps!



posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 03:21 PM
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Possibly a savannah monitor? The poor thing is in bad shape.



posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 03:25 PM
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google savannah monitor i seen a few images that looked similar to the ones you showed with the smoother skin long smooth tail and leaf shaped head. i know nothing about lizards and honestly they kinda creep me out, hope my info helps good luck, and good for you for helping the little guy.



posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 03:37 PM
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Looks like a baby savannah or yellow spotted monitor. www.kingfisherresort.com.au...

Definitely some type of monitor. Whatever it is, it looks starved. Feed him mice one at a time. One a day or two until he gains some weight. This is a baby, it will grow quite a bit bigger, and will grow faster the more you feed him. Crickets or fat cockroaches also will do the trick. Chicks if you can stand to watch him devour little fuzzy cute things.

Reptiles are cool pets IMHO, but they take some care. It's kind of like having a fishtank, except you can take the fish out of the tank and play with them. Just don't let him escape. He probably escaped from some other careless owner. If you live in a cold climate, he could die.

Google images for monitor lizard and you should be able to figure out what type it is.
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posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 03:42 PM
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You also need to cultivate a relationship with a local pet shop that likes reptiles. Others tend to get pissed off when they realize you are buying all these cute mice and gerbils to feed to "that thing". A store that carries lots of reptiles will be more into the whole herpetology thing, and can help you out and advise you. If the store owner has snakes tattooed all over him, that's probably the one you want to talk to.



posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 03:46 PM
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He looks to me like a type of monitor lizard possibly a savanah monitor. He does look pretty skinny. They are usually pretty hardy meat eaters.



posted on Sep, 20 2012 @ 03:59 PM
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Thank You all for your help.
I believe he is a malnourished Savannah monitor as stated above by many. I posted on another bored and that was almost the immediate conclusion.

He is eating his second mouse. Hopefully the vet does not tell me he is a lost cause.
People sometimes just make me sick. Starving a animal then leaving it to die. The sad thing is I dont think he is a baby. So if damage has been done it is already, possible stunted growth, weak bones etc etc. At least I am not leaving him to die in a aquarium.

I appreciate all your help. Truly





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