Scientific Name:Varanus exathematicus
Lifespan: 6-10 years
Size: Up to 3 feet long w/ tail
- 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
- 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)
- 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.