The Biawak, notorious for their terrifying size and frightening looks, is part of the reptilian family. The animal can be found in hot and tropical habitats: such as Africa, Asia, and Australia. It is a wild animal that, when placed in certain situations, can be feral. Wild Biawaks are able to harm other species and humans when angered, and it is wise that one avoids domesticating them
However, in reality, not all Biawaks are feral and dangerous. Though their looks may be intimidating, many responsible individuals are able raise them well in their own homes. Yes we know this may seem ridiculous, but a Biawak might just be the lifelong best friend you’re looking for!
So if you’re thinking of raising a Biawak companion of your own, be sure to read through this article for some helpful tips and tricks to consider. Note that, though, Biwaks by nature are wild animals – so it’ll help to consult professionals and research further to avoid unwanted situations. Without further ado, here are 7 things to consider before raising a Biawak!
1. The Right Mindset
Like any other pets, the first and most important thing anyone could prepare beforehand is their stable emotional and mental capacity. Though may be independent in the wilderness, reptiles – let alone Biawaks – when domesticated would require a reliable companion to lean on. This may sound silly, but please be reminded that your animal companions are a part of your family and are not fashion accessories you could easily abandon.
Also, your mental preparation would help you anticipate any potential worst- case scenarios. For example, a good human companion that is calm and composed would know exactly what to do if their Biawak friend is angered and decides to attack innocent bystanders. No matter how domesticated your reptile would be, their animal instincts are inherently unpredictable by men.
2. Do Your Research
Read, study, consult! It is very important that you do your research first. The skills you’d need to master are endless: from their diets, behavioural patterns, and up to basic first aid. List down important contact numbers (e.g. your vets or other professionals) that could help you provide the best for your companion. With all the information jotted, you should be equipped and well informed on what it takes to raise your Biawak friend properly.
3. Provide and Designate Space
Designating the right amount of space for your Biawak to live in is another important point to consider. The location should be comfortable enough for the Biawak to settle, but the line between the family’s living space and your companion should not be blurred. Biawaks are wild animals that could leave a mess in your house, so its understandable to have a clear barrier between the two living spaces.
That being said, it is ideal that you provide a comfortable cage for your Biawak companion. For the Biawak’s comfort, the cage should be built with sturdy material (such as steel or bricks) and a roof to protect them from the rain and sun. A comfortable cage would provide a safety barrier that would avoid any harm from other species.
4. Find an Ethical Breeder
Find a trusted breeder that provides you benefits that goes beyond the fees. As their lifelong human companion, you should only invest your time on finding the right Biawak from ethical breeders. Ethical breeders who are compassionate caregiver figures would raise mentally and physically healthy Biawaks that are sociable and ready for a loving family. Especially to those who had never raised a Biawak on their own, it helps to start with one with a good background first.
5. On Diets and Food
Eat good, feel good. Feeding the right food to your Biawaks goes a long way. To raise strong healthy and happy Biawaks, know and provide the best diet for your companion. Though Biawaks may be completely carnivorous, you should still do your research and consult with professionals to serve the best.
6. Start Young
By starting young, you should be able to tame and socialise your Biawaks much more seamlessly than adopting an adult Biawak. Adult Biawaks would tend to have a fixed personality that are most likely still feral – due to their wild nature – which would take more time and effort to unlearn. On the other hand, younger Biawaks are more likely able to adapt to the domesticated life thus would have smaller tendencies to harm their human companion.
7. Health is Wealth
Understanding your Biawak companion’s nutritional needs will help protect them from any external dangers and illnesses. Keeping their health on prime should be an upmost priority as their human companion, and it requires your full attention. Consult their nutritionist and do routine medical check ups to avoid unwanted circumstances.
So that was 7 things to consider before raising a Biawak! Note that just like any other pet, it is very important that you consult other professionals and do more prior research before you invest time in raising them. Regardless, we hope that these tricks would help you jumpstart the wonderful journey with your Biawak companion!