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Savannah Monitor

Scientific Name:Varanus exathematicus
Lifespan: 6-10 years
Size: Up to 3 feet long w/ tail
Diet:Carnivore
Handling Ease:Good

FOOD

  • A baby to juvenile savannah monitor’s diet should consist of:
    • 80% appropriately sized* insects (crickets, mealworms, superworms or canned insects), fed daily
    • 20% whole food items (pinkies, fuzzies, etc.), fed 2-3x’s weekly
  • An adult savannah monitor’s diet should consist of:
    • 100% whole food items (adult mice to small rats, depending on the size of the animal), fed 2-3x’s weekly
  • IMPORTANT:
    • All food should be dusted with calcium powder/vitamin powder (alternating days)
    • *Insect size fed is relative to the animal’s size. Babies should be fed ½ grown or smaller crickets as well as mealworms. Juveniles and adults can be fed large crickets, mealworms, or superworms.

Caging & Environment

  • A minimum of a 20" long tank with screen cover or medium glass reptile habitat.
  • Reptile sand substrate
  • 100w Basking Light with fixture (or a light that will provide a basking temperature of 100°- 110°)
  • 5.0 Compact Fluorescent UVB light with fixture
  • Hide cave
  • Low branch or basking platform
  • Water Bowl
  • Sand scooper
  • Cricket Keeper & Cricket Food
  • Calcium & Vitamin Powders (used alternately)

Behavior/Handling

  • Savannah monitors are slow moving and typically docile.
  • They are excellent choice for a first pet monitor.
  • They make a great pet due to their tame nature.
  • Savannah monitors should be housed individually.