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Savanna Monitors

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Savanna Monitor

From the rocky savannas of Africa comes this small usually docile ground dwelling Varanid.  These make good pets that tolerate handling and if all husbandry parameters are met, (50% humidity, mid 80 degree cage temp. with a 105 degree basking site and up to a foot deep of substrate and a hide box, with unfiltered sunlight and a 14 hour photoperiod) makes this one of the easier to keep monitors.

Originally thought to be carnivores and fed a protein rich diet this has proven to lead to obesity and early deaths from liver disease.  These are now known to be primarily insectivores as proven from a long term study of gut contents of wild caught specimens.  The preferred diet should consist of "gut loaded" insects such as Crickets, King Meal Worms, Was Worms, Earth worms, cooked eggs and garden snails (their favorite) plus a reptile vitamin/mineral supplement bi-weekly.

The above is a reprint of an article written by Jack Landess, D.V.M., as a public service.  Reprint permission was obtained from the Florida Pet Pages.

 

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