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After having a search on here I discovered that I can't find anything about free roaming reptiles. Last year I met a guy who has a tegu that free roams his house at all times, obviously weigh certain heat spots and when I was younger I knew someone with a free roaming iguana. Now I have my bosc monitor I've got to thinking whether it would benefit her in anyway to have her large enclosure but have it open so she can go in and out as she pleases. What are peoples opinions of free roaming reps. Pros and cons etc.
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Old 04-04-2013, 04:36 PM
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Pros - ?
Con - The heat and humidity will leave the enclosure left open. Ideas like this only benefit the keeper imo.
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Can only speak other peoples wisdom, i read an article a while back about slow deaths from dehydration in monitors (nile or sav if it matters, don't recall) due to people either not supplying adequate water/humidity by letting their animals roam. Not sure if your situation with a bosc would be at all similar as i know nothing about them).

It was explained something like this,:

1 when they exhale, water leaves the body
2 when inhaling, humidity in your living room is much lower than the exhalation.
3 repeat for months or years, slowly dehydrating.
4 dead monitor

Someone can confirm which species are susceptable and if indeed this is correct. As i said, this is just someone else's info, i have no clue.
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Can only speak other peoples wisdom, i read an article a while back about slow deaths from dehydration in monitors (nile or sav if it matters, don't recall) due to people either not supplying adequate water/humidity by letting their animals roam.

It was explained something like this,:

1 when they exhale, water leaves the body
2 when inhaling, humidity in your living room is much lower than the exhalation.
3 repeat for months or years, slowly dehydrating.
4 dead monitor

Someone can confirm which species are susceptable and if indeed this is correct. As i said, this is just someone else's info, i have no clue.

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Wouldn't benefit me in slightest as id still plan on keeping the huge enclosure just wanted to know peoples opinions on doing it, just figure she would get more excercise if not restricted to the Viv so much, at moment she comes out for excercise quite a bit but keeping her from going under sofa is a nightmare, tbh I probably wouldn't do it as id worry about heat to much. even with basking spots set up around the place I know she would probably find somewhere there isn't alot of heat to hide in and the humidity wouldn't be right
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Does this mean i knew something?
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Can only speak other peoples wisdom, i read an article a while back about slow deaths from dehydration in monitors (nile or sav if it matters, don't recall) due to people either not supplying adequate water/humidity by letting their animals roam. Not sure if your situation with a bosc would be at all similar as i know nothing about them).

It was explained something like this,:

1 when they exhale, water leaves the body
2 when inhaling, humidity in your living room is much lower than the exhalation.
3 repeat for months or years, slowly dehydrating.
4 dead monitor

Someone can confirm which species are susceptable and if indeed this is correct. As i said, this is just someone else's info, i have no clue.

But surely that is all just a red herring ,nothing to do with free roaming, merely not allowing the animal enough access to water for drinking and soaking.Owner mismanagement, nothing more
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true, but assuming you decide to free roam something like a large monitor lizard, the room is going to need a complete re-vamp. waterproof flooring/walls, drainage in the floor. an area with soil for burrowing. and some means of keeping the humidity up, as well as the room temperature.

essentially a very difficult/time consuming tasking... with only one benefit for the lizard - more space. which isnt really that much of a benefit if the lizard in question is already being housed in an appropriate sized vivarium.

im not pro free roaming, its impractical and difficult to achieve without risking the animals welfare.
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But surely that is all just a red herring ,nothing to do with free roaming, merely not allowing the animal enough access to water for drinking and soaking.Owner mismanagement, nothing more
Drinking limits the damage caused soaking does not help in the long term at all.

And it does have to do with free roaming owing to inadequate temps humidiy lack of an ability to burrow.

Soaking is next to useless they take in a limited amount of water through there cloaca.

Respiration is how they lose 90% of there water if the air there breathing isnt right its detrimental to there well being.

So yes it does have a lot to do with free roaming,

Since houses are not a monitor friendly environment.
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