I feel a little bit responsible for the "Gorging and fasting" thread because I did mention in a previous post about monitors being,"Gorging" animals! The whole argument went well beyond anything that I was thinking about! I agree completely and I believe this is what I have been arguing all along! I never imagined a monitor eating until they become engorged on a weekly or even a monthly basis and then go on a fast! They may have snacks available every day ranging from slugs,snails, and worms to the occasional scorpion, millipede, and even carrion. I never meant to say that they fill their stomachs to the brink and then go on a fast! However, with savannah monitors specifically, They do go through a drought season. They need to pack on the pounds while times are good to survive in the lean times! Savs retain this behavioral instinct even while captive! They do not have the ability to "Turn Off" this survival instinct. They do not have the ability to see themselves in a mirror and decide that they need to lose weight! I believe it to be very rare that any savannah monitor has the ability to feed to the extent that it is actually throwing up a small amount in the wild! (Is my memory right?, That I read someone saying that they fed their monitor enough until it threw up just a little bit?) Someone else posed the question of how does a monitor get exercise? #1 Rule!, It is better for your monitor to be "A little hungry" than it is to be "A little full"! As long as they are hungry, they will move around searching for food. If they are full all the time, they will just lay there doing nothing! How many animals on this earth have their bellies filled to the max on a regular basis? We can point out a lot of them,Us!, But I can assure you that monitors are NOT the lard "Butts" of the animal kingdom! At least not naturally! There is no reason for them to be obese in captivity either! It seems that we have a weakness watching them feed! I wonder, if monitors were vegetarians, Where would the interest lie?