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    hey guys! me again... my savannah monitor has been in his set up for a week now and he seems pretty relaxed! but every time i try and pick him up he moves his belly right to the ground and tries to make it flatt, i just need a step by step to get him to trust me! ive been feeding him from tongs for 4 days now and hes comfortable with it, now the next step is handling him, but i dont wanna cause him stress and hate me! so i turn to you guys for help again like i always do so please if you wouldnt mind i look forward to hearing your response






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    Re: Savannah Monitor Taming.

    Stop trying to pick him up, you are rushing things...

    In the wild, everything bigger than him wants to eat him.. so he is hard wired by instinct to be afraid.

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    Re: Savannah Monitor Taming.

    not really trying to pick him up! just petting, when do i pick him up? its gotta be soon, or else he will grow to always think of me as a pretetor

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    Re: Savannah Monitor Taming.

    I thought we`d already spoken about this issue? It can take many, many months before your monitor realises you aren`t a threat, even longer in many cases.
    You cannot do this at your pace, either allow him/her to fully acclimate to the (new) enclosure first, or the animal will continue to be stessed, which in extreme cases can cause death, that`s not an overstatement! Time, and LOTS of patience is the only way you`ll (possibly) have a "tractable" animal!
    By constantly trying to touch the monitor, you`re actually making it so much more difficult for the animal (and yourself).
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    Re: Savannah Monitor Taming.

    oh alright! how will i know when he is ready?

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    Re: Savannah Monitor Taming.

    ask again in June.

    You have to understand that this little animal is instinctive, meaning it's survival skills are already pre-programmed by DNA before it's even born.

    You have to allow your monitor to learn to trust you at his own pace, I know you just can't wait until you have a four legged friend and companion.. But if you ever want that to happen, you simply must slow down.

    Forcing yourself on him will only make him distrust you, be frightened and possibly stress him to death.

    We want to help you, we want to help your monitor, you are doing so much better than the many stubborn people who simply do not want to hear it.

    Please, take this time to chat on forums, read some books, admire your animal from a distance..

    Here is a great idea, when you get your new enclosure all finished up, mount a small web cam inside, and watch him on the screen, set up a skype channel, post on youtube, but leave your hands off him.. PLEASE.
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    Re: Savannah Monitor Taming.

    wow :P i dont think ill last that long! hah, hes never hissed at me ever! or tried to bite or tail lash! i think he actually likes me a bit

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    Re: Savannah Monitor Taming.

    Quote Originally Posted by bradyloach View Post
    wow :P i dont think ill last that long! hah, hes never hissed at me ever! or tried to bite or tail lash! i think he actually likes me a bit
    Common misconception, They will "play dead" in other words, close their eyes and go limp.

    Truth is, once a monitor trusts you, he will seldom break eye contact, they will stare right through you.

    Look up at my last post, I added a lot while you were typing.

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    Re: Savannah Monitor Taming.

    The next step isn't picking him up, it's leaving your hand in the enclosure while you tong feed. And after that, it's leading him onto your hand with the feeding tong while it's flat in the enclosure. After that, it's raising your hand a few inches off the ground and leading him onto your hand. Don't do this one day at a time, take weeks to get him fully comfortable with each step.
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    Let's clear something up. "Whole prey" has nothing to do with whether or not the prey item has a back bone. "Whole prey" just means that the prey item is being fed in its entirety: brains, heart, lungs, blood, the entire animal. Whole animal+intention of feeding it to another animal=Whole Prey.

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    Re: Savannah Monitor Taming.

    alright! yah that sounds like a good idea!!! thanks wayne. ill have to move him again into his new habitat in a couple days! but thats a good move, he will love it i wont touch him! but i still feed him with tongs, and he loves it! hes growing to!! i will set up a webcam for him tho

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