Australia has many different varieties of monitor lizards (in Australia monitor lizards are referred to as goannas). There are many different varieties, pygmy varieties grow no larger than a human hand right up to the large Perentie monitor that can grow up to a length of over 2.5 m.

Overseas, water and Nile monitors are kept as pets.  Some people keep them in large enclosures, others let them roam their houses though having watched some videos on Youtube today, I would not be doing this personally if you had other pets or young children!

Keeping an Australian goanna as a pet is not recommended. Goannas, also known as monitor lizards, are wild animals that require specific living conditions and diets that are difficult to replicate in captivity.

Goannas are native to Australia and are found in a variety of habitats, including deserts, forests, and wetlands. They can grow up to 2 meters in length and weigh up to 20 kg. Goannas are carnivorous and require a diet of live insects, small mammals, and reptiles.

In the wild, goannas have large territories and are able to move around freely. Keeping them in captivity, however, can lead to stress, illness, and even death. They need a large, secure enclosure that can provide them with enough space to move and climb. They also require a heat source to maintain their body temperature and UV lighting to help them absorb calcium.

In Australia, goannas are protected species and it is illegal to take them from the wild or keep them as pets without a proper permit. In addition, it’s illegal to import or export them. Even with a permit, it can be difficult to provide the proper care and living conditions for a goanna in captivity.

Summary
While it may be tempting to keep a goanna as a pet, it is not a responsible or ethical choice. Goannas are wild animals that deserve to live in their natural habitats and be protected. If you want to learn more about goannas, consider visiting a zoo or wildlife sanctuary where you can observe them in a safe and controlled environment.