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Species page for: Savannah Monitor (Varanus exanthematicus)


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A brief snippet about Savannah

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Natural Habitat
Animaldiversity

Geographic Range Varanus exanthematicus, or the savannah monitor, is found throughout most of Africa south of the Sahara (Steel 1996). It is found in west and central parts of Africa and southward toward Zaire (Rogner 1997).

Boscs monitor lizard by Daniel Bennett

Bosc's monitor lizard is the smallest and most poorly known African varanid. Although it is regularly available in the wildlife trade, details of its natural history are scarce. Virtually all that is written about V.exanthematicus in the literature actually refers to the larger white-throated monitor, V.albigularis. They can be distinguished by the number of scales around the body (see under V.albigularis) and by the enlarged, flattened neck scales often present in specimens of Bosc's monitor.


 
Captive Care
California Zoological Supply

GENERAL INFORMATION First described by Bosc in 1792, Savannah Monitors are among the most commonly kept monitor lizards. There are three main reasons for their popularity; 1) The ease at which they are tamed, 2) The relatively large but handleable size they attain, 3) Their affordability. Pre-tamed specimens may scare easily and run. If cornered, they might turn sideways, inflate their throats and hiss. A whip of the tail is not uncommon. The thick hide of the Savannah is a great defense against the bite of a predator. In fact, according to Robert Sprackland (Giant Lizards), Savannah Monitors are immune to the venom of large snakes including cobras.

Caring for Your Savannah Monitor

Honkers: Not a lizard for youngsters to keep. Savannah monitors start out fairly harmless (almost friendly), but they get really big -- too big for most people. Be aware that they do not stay so cute and cuddly.

Colorado Herpetological Society - Savannah Monitors

Originally published in The Monitor, the newsletter of the Hoosier Herpetological Society, Vol.9, No.6, June 1998. As reprinted in the Cold Blooded News, Vol.25, No.11, November 1998. Savannahs are one of the most popular monitor lizard pets. This is no surprise since they are inexpensive, have good temperament and are relatively easy to care for. As for feeding, they will accept almost anything they are given.

Michael Balsai on the Savannah Monitor Diet

In the aftermath of an article published in a herp hobbyist magazine about savannah diets, there has been much discussion and radical changing of captive savannah diets, from primarily rodent based diets to primarily, or exclusively, insect based. Several individuals have written me telling me I should change my savannah care article to reflect this "new" information. I have some serious questions about this "new" information and as a result will not be changing my care article at this time. If you are thinking about, or have already changed, your savannah's diet as a result of the article and panicked posts on email lists and newsgroups, you may wish to read the following and perhaps rethink your decision.

Monitor Lizard Information - PetReptiles

Reptizone - Contribution #1 by Bayou Beasts

Reptizone - Contribution #2

This is a simple to read care sheet for Varanus Exanthematicus , also known as a Bosc Monitor and a Savannah Monitor. This can also be used for Varanus Albigularis. Also known as a White Throat, Black Throat and Banded Cape Monitor.

Reptizone - Contribution #3

Savannah Savannah Monitor Care Sheet and Information - wnyherp.org

Environment: Be careful not to let your savannah monitor get too dry. Aim for humid-tropical air without making the cage wet. Savannah monitors become inactive in the dry season; a dry cage coupled with readily available food will lead to obesity and health problems. Logs and sticks, particularly hollow logs, provide exercise and entertainment. A large cat litter pan can be used for providing water. Live plants will quickly be destroyed by a curious and active monitor.

 


 
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Caring for Savannah Monitor Lizards as Pets

Savannah Monitors.com Message Board - Share your thoughts or concerns with a community of Savannah Monitor enthusiasts. Image Gallery - Pictures of Savannah Monitors and other herp. Videos 1 2 3 - Streaming Savannah Monitor Footage. Introduction - Temperament, growth, purchasing etc. Housing - Enclosure, heating, substrate, water, and shelter. Feeding - Diet and feeding tips. Health - Illnesses/injuries and dealing with them.


 
Pictures
Natureswindow.dk - excellent photos

Reptiles - Nile Monitor (Varanus niloticus) - Ray Wilson


 
More Info.
Breeding Bosc Monitors in Captivity

I have had my adult female Bosc for four years now. When I got her she was around six inches long. She is now around three feet long. Early on this year I re-homed another Bosc through PRAS. I keep my Boscís in a six foot by two foot by 18 inch vivarium they are fine if I could give them more space I would, but at the moment it just isnít possible.


 
Other Info.
Savannah Monitors.com - forum / message board

Purpose - Caring for Savannah Monitor Lizards as Pets... Message Board - Share your thoughts or concerns with a community of Savannah Monitor enthusiasts. Image Gallery - Pictures of Savannah Monitors and other herp. Videos 1 2 3 - Streaming Savannah Monitor Footage. Introduction - Temperament, growth, purchasing etc. Housing - Enclosure, heating, substrate, water, and shelter. Feeding - Diet and feeding tips. Health - Illnesses/injuries and dealing with them.


 

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