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    I would like to, but it's illegal in Norway. We can't even keep turtles (You can get a special permit if you have allergies). Even though it's illegal, many people keep snakes, iguans, varans etc. If you are caught, the animals are put to sleep and you get a fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hersir View Post
    I would like to, but it's illegal in Norway. We can't even keep turtles (You can get a special permit if you have allergies). Even though it's illegal, many people keep snakes, iguans, varans etc. If you are caught, the animals are put to sleep and you get a fine.
    Wow, I did not know that. What is their reasoning? I can understand animals that are dangerous, such as very large reptiles or those with venom, or venomous insects, or " domesticated" wild animals. But I fail to see the harm in a little gecko or turtle.

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    Not sure why, it's not like the animals would be let out or even be able to survive outside in our climate.

    There has been talks on changing the laws, but not so much... I do hope it's changed though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hersir View Post
    I would like to, but it's illegal in Norway. We can't even keep turtles (You can get a special permit if you have allergies). Even though it's illegal, many people keep snakes, iguans, varans etc. If you are caught, the animals are put to sleep and you get a fine.
    That is not fair on the animal in the least.

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    Next door the grandson of the owner moved out and left what I am told is a small monitor lizard there, inside, in an aquarium.

    Does anyone have any thoughts on what to do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadow View Post
    Next door the grandson of the owner moved out and left what I am told is a small monitor lizard there, inside, in an aquarium.

    Does anyone have any thoughts on what to do?
    Bring the aquarium and the monitor into you're house to take care of it. At small sizes they're easy, will eat any lean meat for now till you ID it and care for it correctly.

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    yeah bring it in, they (reptiles in general) won't last long without proper conditions, heat lamps, uvb lights etc

    Google search some reptile forums.

    When I got my bearded dragon he hadn't been cared for properly (he had a regular lamp bulb and thats it!) and was in a bit of a state. He's awesome though and I'm pretty sure a zen master...

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    Quote Originally Posted by renownedwolf View Post
    yeah bring it in, they (reptiles in general) won't last long without proper conditions, heat lamps, uvb lights etc

    Google search some reptile forums.

    When I got my bearded dragon he hadn't been cared for properly (he had a regular lamp bulb and thats it!) and was in a bit of a state. He's awesome though and I'm pretty sure a zen master...
    Luckily almost all the monitors are easy though some smaller kinds insist on chasing live food? Just a light bulb at one end and some UV exposure will do this little one fine - for now.

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    I used to rescue animals at one point and all I see mentioned are beginner species. Which is good because you all seem to be beginners.

    Royal/ball pythons are a good first snake but if you keep two together (or with other constrictor snakes like boas) ensure they eat more at a time but less often. Otherwise snakes may grab and eat one another as they smell of rodent. With royals don't worry if they fast by the way. It's natural and they have fat reserves like camels. Someone mentioned corn snakes, they are also suitable for beginners and rarely aggressive having been domesticated.

    Leopard geckos and bearded dragons are good beginner lizards. But the first are nocturnal and best observed at night, like most geckos. So are the royal pythons.

    Monitor lizards are easy or hard depending on species. Commonly available species are all easy but even the spiny tailed and true Bosc's monitors need a larger vivarium than the geckos and bearded dragons.

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