yeah i used to have monitor lizards AND big snakes. i always fed frozen, but i had one monitor that would only eat live food. actually, thats how i got started with loving rodents and the pets i have now.
my fav snake is probably a carpet python, or even a rosie boa. i had a ball python and he was great. he slept in my shirt alot. and we went on car rides and he would ride up on the dash to get some sun. he was GREAT! i would take him outside and let him slither around (secure area of course) and he loved to rest his head on my lips...
geez i miss him!