Savannah Monitor
Varanus exanthematicus
description World's most popular pet monitor lizard. for monitors, it is easy-taming and not getting too big in size, as well, has no problem eating usually.
a.k.a Bosc's Monitor
distribution African countries included : Kenya, Tanzania, Mauritania, Senegal, Chad, Sudan, Togo, Ghana
adult size 3' - 4'; 10 - 13 lbs.; reach that in 2 years; largest in record is 6' 7"
hatchling size 4"
life span 8 - 10 years; oldest in record is 11 years
natural habitats Terrestrial; Savannahs, open grasslands
cage A simple and easy-to-clean cage is the best thing, specially for adults. It should be large enough but does not need to be high because they do not climb much. (e.g. Wooden Terrarium, Glass Terrarium)
substrate wood shavings, barks (e.g. Repti Bark, Coconut Bark), gravel, sand (e.g. Repti Sand, Calci-Sand), compressed paper granules (e.g. Good Mews)
activity period Daytime (diurnal);
12 - 14 hours each day with direct natural sunlight or UV lamp (e.g. ReptiSun 5.0, UV Heat Bulb)
temperature 32 - 35 ¢XC -- basking spot   (e.g. Basking Spot Lamp)
25 - 30 ¢XC -- cooler area   (e.g. Daylight Blue Bulb)
22 - 26 ¢XC -- at night   (e.g. Nightlight Red Bulb, Infrared Heat Lamp, Ceramic Heat Emitter)
humidity mid to low
hiding place Essential, since it seems to need its privacy.

Possibllites include caves (e.g. Habba Hut, Heat Cave), etc
water bowl a large shallow water bowl or pool is needed for it to soak in and drink. also it almost always excrete in the water.
diet Carnivorous (meat-eating);

Hatchlings should be fed on insects.
Adults can be fed on rodents and low-fat meat, occasionally cooked eggs and high quality canned reptile, dog or cat food.
how often to feed? Every day for hatchlings;
3 - 5 times a week for juveniles;
1 - 2 times a week for adults
notes Do not ever try to move your hands close to it when it is eating since monitors are usually aggressive feeders.

Food items should be no larger than the diameter of its head.
reproduction Oviparous
mating age from 15 - 18 Months Old

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