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    Re: Savannah Monitor Not Eating

    Quote Originally Posted by Infernalis View Post
    Temps are off....

    Mine bask at 147 (F)

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    If they have heat, they will eat.
    Hi Wayne, anywhere between 50 to 60c (120 to 140f) is absolutely fine as a surface temp at the basking spot, this is a young animal which will heat up very quickly, so if that was an accurate reading, not necessarily the reason (we need more info). It isn`t just a matter of raising ambient or surface temps and everything will be fine, there can be a other issues that can cause problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmiemwarren View Post
    Dont know sv or tol? hes been shedding, but every other times he has shed eating was not a problem
    I agree with you, shedding shouldn`t decrease the appetite. Did you mean you don`t know those measurements, or didn`t understand what SV and ToL is? I wanted to try and determine whether the animal is sexually mature, and male or female.

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    Re: Savannah Monitor Not Eating

    What were you feeding and what are you trying to feed now?

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    Re: Savannah Monitor Not Eating

    Not sure what sv and tol mean. Havent sexed him yet. 147? Is that not too high. Food consists of crickets, worms, shrimp, blue crabs, and sometimes mice

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    Re: Savannah Monitor Not Eating

    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmiemwarren View Post
    Not sure what sv and tol mean. Havent sexed him yet. 147? Is that not too high. Food consists of crickets, worms, shrimp, blue crabs, and sometimes mice
    Hi, the SV is snout to vent length, ToL is total length. I can`t remember if you`ve already shown some photos of the animal and enclosure, if yes, where are they, or if not, the sooner you can do that the more helpful it may be for us all to make more suggestions. I usually download my pics to Flickr, then copy and paste the medium sized ones to here (or you can use Photobucket).

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    Re: Savannah Monitor Not Eating

    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmiemwarren View Post
    Not sure what sv and tol mean. Havent sexed him yet. 147? Is that not too high. Food consists of crickets, worms, shrimp, blue crabs, and sometimes mice
    Wayne means the surface temp at the basking site, no, it`s not too high, but it doesn`t necessarily mean your animal will start eating if you do the same. That`s why we need more information on the conditions, and anything out of the ordinary that may have happened recently.
    They need to raise their core body temp to activity levels, there`s no specific number, they operate within a range. The smaller animals heat up very quickly, the larger obviously take longer if the surface temp is relatively low (at the bottom end of the recommended range @ 50c (120f), but it`s a matter of a very few minutes. In the wild that`s much more important (escaping from danger, etc), not so critical in captivity, but they MUST have a suitable range as stated between 50 to 60 (120 to 140f) on the surface at the basking site, of course it can be a little higher, maybe they`ll use it as Wayne`s monitors do, maybe preferring it somewhat cooler?

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    Re: Savannah Monitor Not Eating

    Increase the heat and he will eat

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    Re: Savannah Monitor Not Eating

    Quote Originally Posted by corderral View Post
    Increase the heat and he will eat
    Maybe but not necessarily, and in this case if the OP's numbers are true not likely. I remember this member coming a while back and posting. Mike(Kriminaal) and Stefan(murrindindi) both posted good questions pertaining to the monitor.

    To the OP if you can post some pictures up that is really going to be the only thing that will allow us to help you further. Also how long have you had this monitor? Age is important factor.
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    Re: Savannah Monitor Not Eating

    How often are you around the enclosure? When I first got my sav he ate the first day then he didn't eat for almost 2 weeks. I was freaking out, buying different insects, but to no avail. It wasn't until I bought a digital hydrometer did I realise his temperature and humidity were too low. I bumped up the basking spot, and increased the soil and added hiding spots. Then i covered up the glass for a about a week. He was been a hearty eater since then.
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    Re: Savannah Monitor Not Eating

    Quote Originally Posted by corderral View Post
    Increase the heat and he will eat

    Hi, how do you know that the surface temps are the problem; it`s possible if the reading of 120f at the basking surface is inaccurate they are (if actually any lower), but if good, quite sufficiently high. We need more details.

    The answer to them behaving normally isn`t always a matter of just keep raising the ambient and surface temps, that`s very misleading.
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