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Baby Savannah Monitor Feeding

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    Baby Savannah Monitor Feeding

    I'm about to get off the internet so I will keep this short.

    My baby Savannah is around 7 - 7.5 inches from the tip of his tail to the front of his face and I would like to know around how many crickets he should be fed every day, I don't want to under or over feed him/her.






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    Re: Baby Savannah Monitor Feeding

    Feed him as much as he can eat in about 2 minutes. And then take the rest out and then you'll have an idea. Feed him only when you know he is warmed up.
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    Re: Baby Savannah Monitor Feeding

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    Feed him as much as he can eat in about 2 minutes. And then take the rest out and then you'll have an idea. Feed him only when you know he is warmed up.
    Right now his light turns on at around 9:30, and I feed him at some time between 12 to 1 after he has been out in the heat for a while, if you think I should wait longer let me know.

    I'm going to keep asking more questions as I need to and will post my setup (since everyone seems to ask that during the first few posts in a thread) once I have more time.

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    Re: Baby Savannah Monitor Feeding

    Hi, can you put up the details of temps, humidity etc (ambient, warm and cool sides, and basking area)? Thanks!

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    Re: Baby Savannah Monitor Feeding

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    Hi, can you put up the details of temps, humidity etc (ambient, warm and cool sides, and basking area)? Thanks!
    Hot - 100 or so I think, ambient

    Cold - 80 - 85 or around there

    Basking - 110 - 115 maybe up to 120 (its hard to gauge right now since he lays on my sensor a lot and steals all its heat, I am in the market for a small heat gun type thing, MDFMONITOR shows a small one in his setup videos that I would love to get my hands on.

    Humidity - was 35-45 and it was upsetting me the more I looked into what it needs to be so I got some nice 50/50 sand dirt mix and its looking pretty good at like 60+ (just put it in not that long ago so I need to wait to figure out what I might need to change)

    I have a single light in there is 100w and does the uva/uvb and whatnot

    Right now he is only in a 20g tank and I will be working on a real enclosure as soon as I can and I'm thinking I'll make a 6/3/3 or something along those lines that sits on top of a dirt basin or something till hes bigger.


    Everything else is just in the works, I would like to get some more lighting for him so its not as dark as it is on the cold side (I have a towel over the screen till I can get some sort of plexi-glass that will let the light in. I honestly think I'm doing very well for what I have right now with temps and humidity (now).

    Hes eating well right now and looks pretty active. He hurt his foot or something like that the day after we got him so I shelled out for a vet visit and ended up taking home some calcium syrup that I'm giving him, along with the crickets having a calcium feed in there enclosure and me dusting some once in a while or whatever (both things I had and the vet said I should be doing right now) but I hate having to handle him right now to give him that syrup **** every day since hes only been home about a week and hes small (7 inches or whatever) but his foot is starting to get better (he walks on it tucked a little and would fall on it a little at first but now doesn't fall and tucks only sometimes). I want to know that he has the best chances of having a normal foot haha.

    Some pics of the little guy:

    The setup



    his current look


    a few days ago (anyone know what this spot is on his back, his normal color coming in maybe?)


    this one is now my girlfriends phone background (and how he looked when we got him about a week ago)



    Let me know if he looks good or anything I should/shouldn't be doing.

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    Re: Baby Savannah Monitor Feeding

    Hi, thanks for the pics and details, first I have to say in the bottom two photos he looks dehydrated, but in the top, much better. The substrate looks like sand? (NOT recommended).
    Are you in the States or the U.K, the temp-guns are readily available either location, just put "temp-gun" into your search engine. Are you using a digital hygrometer, if not, it`s essential, as the analogue can be quite inaccurate?
    The tank is far too small to get the recommended temp range, and the screen top is useless, you will never stabilise temps or humidity with that, also, you`re losing most of the heat through the glass, can you cover the back, sides and top with plywood on the outside (the top piece will need to be sealed with varnish first), it`s VERY important you make these simple changes asap. (You can use a 2-0 fluorescent tube for supplementary lighting).
    The paler colour on the body looks as if he/she is getting ready to shed, has that happened lately?
    Here are the temps you need: Ambient 95f warm side, approx. 80f cool, basking 120 to 130f, humidity (it will vary, being lowest around the basking area), so 50 to 70% would be a suitable range, it will be higher in the hide anyway, especially during the night, night temps no lower than 72f. Are you giving supplements, if yes, which, and can you tell me the name of the UVB lamp? Sorry for all the questions, but it`s important to know these details. Thanks!

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    Re: Baby Savannah Monitor Feeding

    I'm just going to do like a list answering your questions and responding, so we can keep this going and I can get what I need from this.


    It is top soil and play dirt mixed together, not just sand and its moist.

    yeah I'm just shopping around for the temp gun right now

    yes its a digital thermometer

    the back and sides are blocked off to not only keep the heat from just passing right through the glass but to also make sure the little guy feels a little more safe...

    I hate the screen, it makes it hard to get things right but like I said for right now the temps are looking good and I'm working on getting something better (the room itself is kind of warm most of the time so that really helps me out a lot)

    a lot of what you are worried about can be summed up in the fact that as soon as I can I'm working on making a real enclosure

    I will be getting some kind of light within the next few days I think so that's cool

    Dust and cricket gut loader are both Fluker's with calcium or something like that, and the dust has d3 in it (which I'm told I shouldn't give to much of with the uv light? I dont know though so let me know) the names are exactly what I said "Fluker's calcium" for both of them just one is cricket diet and other one says "with d3" (should I go find a calcium dust without d3 and do d3 only sometimes or what)

    light is...
    Powersun uv by zoomed and its 100w like I said before (heat and uvs)


    I think my temps and humidity are doing really well right now and I'm working on them all more and more every day.

    Just remember that while for right now I'm doing everything I can to make sure hes well off where he is I do know what I'm getting into with size and will be building something new asap

    so what I'm going to ask is any advice you are going to give me about the enclosure make sure you keep in mind that the advice should be pointed towards making this enclosure better suited till the new one is built.


    ummm what else haha
    Yeah when I got him from the pet store he was thinner and he did look dry (those bottom pics) but me and my girlfriend agree he looks really good right now and is actively eating and using his water dish to drink/side through/poop (only one time so far lol)

    I think I need to working on getting the temp where he lays a little higher so I'm going to brainstorm with my girlfriend about that when she comes back from the store..


    Don't worry about asking me any questions, that's what I came here to have happen so that my little guy (or girl, no I don't know but we can just say guy for now) becomes a big guy... I hope that covers everything for no so get back to me and I would love to hear from anyone else about making my monitors life any better.


    P.S.
    night temps are like 75

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    Re: Baby Savannah Monitor Feeding

    I like your attitude. The more information you can gather the better.
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    Re: Baby Savannah Monitor Feeding

    As long as you have a UVB lamp (nut just UV or UVA) you do not need to supply D3 at all - just regular vitamins. Your monitor will naturally produce as much D3 as it needs just by basking.

    Congrats on the new guy (that first little face shot is very cute!)

    It might work a little better for you to tape some tin foil over the lid of the tank, instead of the towel. This way, you can custom cut it to fit the shape of the lamp, and it will let out even less humidity. That and the foil is not likely to catch fire (I'm paranoid about fire, a true pyrohobic - hence, I don't use towels, lol)

    Raising the basking spot (possibly providing a short ramp) can help boost the temps a little.

    I think Harbor Freight has temp guns.
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    Re: Baby Savannah Monitor Feeding

    Any auto parts store should have a temp gun. They use them to check the temp of engine blocks.
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