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    Re: Savannah Monitor Help

    More on the handling... Many monitors will take the handling incredibly negative. When that happens unknown amounts of stress can happen and cause death. Some fight to get away( Rake, bite, whip, defacate) and then some give up when that doesnt work. In this instance they have given up the will to live and accepted death as inevitable.

    Some do the "close my eyes and I can't see you" but who is certain which is going to be the result.. Just best to earn there trust through food association.
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    Re: Savannah Monitor Help

    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmiemwarren View Post
    I do not know his age. Or gender for that matter. It may take a minute or 2 to get these pictures up. Thanks for the quick responses by the way.
    Hi, just by ToL it`s probable that the animal is sexually mature now.
    Yes, you can feed rodents, personally, I prefer some variety; inverts and vertebrates.
    The question of "safest" items isn`t really relevent if you support the monitor, if it isn`t supported, NOTHING you feed will stop ill health and a probable early death.
    They are a "generalist" varanid, like most other species.

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    Ok so I should just leave him alone for a like 2 weeks? I was gonna take him to the reptile vet next week if this behavior continued, is that a good idea? Like I said I will be sure to have those pictures for y'all tomorrow, I am getting very concerned.

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    Re: Savannah Monitor Help

    dont handle him at all! just wait till he trusts you

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    Ok cool...it's so hard to resist. You think that may be the reason for these behaviors? Have I been handling him too much?

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    yeah! i just got mine, mine is like 13 inchs or something around that. they hate to be handled just keep feeding him. i would suggest using tongs to feed him and start with putting your other hand in the cage if he eats. that way he will trust you and not see you as a prededtor but as a food source
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    Re: Savannah Monitor Help

    Savannah monitors are NOT generalist species. They have very specifically adapted to a specialist diet. Their natural diet is that mainly of inverts.

    Leave him alone, and his behavior will change when his habitat is approptiate. Get him out of that fish tank as soon as possible. At this size, he needs at least 18" of burrowable substrate. I use a 60/40 mixture of Eco Earth and children's washed play sand. No screen. He will need a custom made sealed wooden enclosure. I would start on that now, and in the mean time add a moist (but not dripping) towel over the top of his tank.
    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 Help

    Ok so I was just watching some videos on YouTube. Some of the savannah's are the same length as mine but mine is nowhere near as big around.

    BarelyBreathing - put the towel on top, and put the lights on top of that? I'm going to get started on the new enclosure tomorrow night. Is 8 x 4 good or is it better to go bigger?

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    Savannah monitors in (some/most/ all?) of the areas studied once juvenile, take vertebrate prey regularly, whatever you (Barely Breathing) think and say!
    This is captivity, NOT the wild....

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    No, don't put the lights on top of the towel. You don't want fabric of any kind touching the heat source. Just keep it clear of the lights, and you'll be fine.

    As far as enclosures go, 8x4 is the minimum recommended size. Bigger is ALWAYS better.

    Murrindindi, that doesn't even make sense. Restructure your sentence and try again.
    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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