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My new Savannah Monitor!!

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  • Should I keep my savannah monitor in a dry climate?
  • Name my Savannah Monitor

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    06-18-2012, 08:46 AM
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Weanling
My new Savannah Monitor!!

I got this little guy last night. He is captive bred, and a month old.
Sorry I only got the one picture- giving him a week to settle in before I start handling him.
I still have to get some soil for his enclosure, and a few more hidey holes, but other than that everything is good. Hopefully this cage will last him for a year or so before I have to build a bigger one. The cage now is 5X2 feet and his adult one will most likely be 8x4.
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    06-18-2012, 09:42 AM
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Started
Conrats!!
     
    06-18-2012, 10:06 AM
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Banned
Lizards have this amazing ability to scare me but yet still look adorable with those buggy eyes and cute widdle noses.
What's his name? :) And congrazts! Hope you enjoy him.
     
    06-18-2012, 10:17 AM
  #4
Green Broke
I used to have a Savannah Monitor, unfortuantly mine got to aggressive to be handled, and would chase people around the enclosure so I gave him to a zoo, where he seemed nice and happy, but when I went back the following year he wasn't there. His name was Demetri.

Just remember to never feed with your hands, and its best to feed him in feeding box or something that way his enclosure isn't associated with food. Congrats on your new guy though! They are loads of fun!
     
    06-18-2012, 10:23 AM
  #5
Showing
He's SO CUTE omg! Have you named him yet?

Congrats.. he looks very "deserty" or a "dry" type climate of lizard (can you tell I know nothing about them?! But did do a report recently on the Namib desert and he reminds me of some of the amphibian and reptile residents there!)
     
    06-18-2012, 11:33 AM
  #6
Weanling
I've called him Sav (I know, very unoriginal). Not sure if its a boy or not, but I'm just saying he is for now. Won't be able to tell until he gets older- males are usually sturdier built.
Unfortunately, he has to be fed in his cage now because he's too aggressive to take out yet. Once he settles down, then I plan to feed him outside of the cage if possible.
Hopefully I can tame him before he gets too large, otherwise I'll have to handle him with gloves.
They are from the Savannah Desert in Africa, so are used to dry, very hot climats (I have to keep his cage between 80-100F). However they do need a humid spot in the cage to aid with shedding as in the wild they burrow into the ground during the hottest part of the day. The breeder said he's already eating pinkies and hornworms, but they shouldn't eat too many rodents when they're so young so I plan to feed him crickets, roaches, and worms, with the occasional pinky thrown in.
I got very lucky that I found a breeder around here, as I am against buying anything wild caught.
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    06-18-2012, 11:58 AM
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Weanling
I would double check the cage temp and especially the basking temperature.

The breeder was right in saying they shouldn't be fed rats and mice. They need insects and crustaceans. And yes, get ready to haul soil in because it will need multiple multiple multiple inches of soil.

Sorry I can't give you more facts, but please be able to recite their husbandry needs in your sleep. Join a monitor forum and read read read.

I do not have monitors because of the great devotion you need to keep one.

Good luck with your little guy!
     
    06-18-2012, 12:05 PM
  #8
Weanling
Thank you for that information. The breeder said 80 to 100, but I will do some research to make sure. Already joined a rep forum :)- I'll ask the temp question.
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    06-18-2012, 12:42 PM
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Weanling
I am a member of the same username on Ball-pythons.net. Not a monitor forum, but some very knowledgable people that could point you in the right direction. A word of warning though in all monitor forums, the monitor keepers are pretty extreme and VERY passionate about their animals. They see people pick up imported monitors at expos all the time and come on to forums and watch as the animal dies due to bad husbandry. Don't see their posts as being rude, they just want the best for the animals they love.

Again, good luck. Wish I could offer more advice.
     
    06-18-2012, 02:00 PM
  #10
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Originally Posted by aldebono    
I am a member of the same username on Ball-pythons.net. Not a monitor forum, but some very knowledgable people that could point you in the right direction. A word of warning though in all monitor forums, the monitor keepers are pretty extreme and VERY passionate about their animals. They see people pick up imported monitors at expos all the time and come on to forums and watch as the animal dies due to bad husbandry. Don't see their posts as being rude, they just want the best for the animals they love.

Again, good luck. Wish I could offer more advice.

That sounds like many folks on this forum.
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