Thanks for the link to that article. I actually read that one last month (always reading up on them to learn as much as possible) and found it was a great article and very informative. While it is very sad what happened to Chomper, at least his story is helping to improve the lives of many other Savannah Monitors. It was actually after reading his story that I realized how sensitive these creatures are, and how important it is to provide the proper environment. Before I just took it as fact, but I'm starting to learn exactly why the environment should be a certain way and the negative outcomes of improper husbandry. I find myself now educating every savannah owner (and pet store) that I see about their proper care and why its important. There have been two people already in the past 6 months that have come to me for advice and wouldn't act on the advice given. Both of them came back to me in a month's time and told me their monitor had passed on (one owner said his sav liked to play dead when he picked it up (it was a hatchling). I explained why force handling was not a good idea and that he was going to make his monitor ill, but he didn't listen because the pet store had told him to force handle it. Another had theirs in a fish tank with papertowel and one heat lamp. I also explained to them the importance of heat and humidity, but they didn't listen. Their monitor stopped eating and finally died. I'm appauled my how many people I hear about that have dying monitors, or ones that have died. I blame the pet stores and breeders for giving out wrong information, and the owners for not doing their own research. I got my sav from a breeder (they said it was captive bred, but I highly doubt that). The breeder told me to have a basking spot of 90ish, and keep the tank dry (they were keeping theirs on aspen shavings). I got wind from someone right after bringing him home that the breeder was full of bs, so immediately started researching and learned some startling information. I want to be able to proudly show off a healthy, happy lizard in 10 years . I have done a ton of research on humidity, uvb requirements, diet, substrate and thermo-regulation, but there is still so much out there to learn. I have found that most information is from personal experience, and that research is a bit limited so it's hard to get cut and dry facts (such as the invert/vert debate, uvb importance, etc.). I figure a high variety in diet is the best course of action (inverts, mollusc, mammals, amphibians, lizards, snakes, etc.). I figure a high variety in diet will ensure he's getting most of the required nutrients. Once he gets older I was planning to add fertilized quail eggs, lizards, whole shrimp, amphians, and chicks to his diet. I'm neutral on the vert/invert debate, so please lets not start it here (as from what i've read it can get quite heated ). I havn't been able to see any solid evidance that one diet is more important than another (such as an accurate case study), so figure I'll try my own thing. I would love any links that you guys recommend for reading. This new cage is going to be his life-long home, so I want it perfect. Also, if I post some pictures, could you guys let me know if you think its a male or female? I know someone on here said he looks male, but I wasn't able to get any accurate photos of his tail base yet. I think he's around 23inch tol, but I havn't measured him lately (I'll try to get that too). Sorry for the long post, that article always gets me going. Such a sad story . I have sympathy for the owner.