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Savannah Monitor

Zilla Caresheets Savannah Monitor

A Large Land Insectivore

As one of the most popular pet lizard species available, the Savannah monitor is a large stocky lizard that will mature to be 3 ½ to 4 feet long. If provided with the proper care and husbandry, these lizards can live 15 to 25 years. They’re a highly intelligent lizard that uses their claws, limbs, and tails, for climbing, digging burrows and swimming. A Savannah monitor’s base color can range from brown to tan or even gray. They also have white spots and ocelli along their back and tail.

Habitat

Savannah monitors are a terrestrial species found in the grasslands, savannahs, and rocky areas of sub Saharan Africa. They are most active during the cooler daylight hours when they are searching for food. To regulate their temperature, Savannahs often dig underground burrows to stay cool and lay on large rocks for basking


Housing

Savannah monitors require sealed and escape proof housing. As hatchlings, they can start out in a 10 to 20 gallon long enclosure. It’s important to remember that as they grow and develop, they will require larger accommodations. Adult Savannahs will require at least a six foot by three foot enclosure. Custom designed pens can be the most suitable housing for adult monitors. These lizards are powerful diggers and adults should be provided with 18 to 24 inches of substrates, while 3 inches of substrates would be adequate for a juvenile monitor. Appropriate substrates include the Zilla jungle mix, bark blend and coconut husk brick.. A hide box, driftwood, logs and a rock lair should be provided. Remember to change their water supply at least every other day to maintain sanitary conditions.

Temperature and Lighting

It’s important to remember to create a thermal gradient in the enclosure with a tank heating pad and ceramic heat lamp. The ambient temperature should be between mid 70’s to 80’s or even 90’s. Basking temperatures on one side of the enclosure can reach 120 to 150 degrees F. Savannah monitors also require overhead UVA/UVB I fluorescent lighting. The Zilla Mini Dome with a 50W Day White Mini Halogen Bulb and a Silver Reflector Dome with a Pro Series Desert Fluorescent Coil Bulb will provide the monitor with enough heat and UVB lighting.

Feeding / Diet

Monitors require a considerable amount of time and patience in order for them to become docile as adults. Hatchling monitors should be carefully handled with both hands. Adult monitors should be handled from underneath using your hand and arm for support.


Handling

Monitors require a considerable amount of time and patience in order for them to become docile as adults. Hatchling monitors should be carefully handled with both hands. Adult monitors should be handled from underneath using your hand and arm for support.

Also be sure to wash your hands after handling any animals.

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Madison Area Herpetological Society, Inc.

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