Baby Savannah Monitors
This is not a pet for an amateur herpetologist. Savannah monitor lizards don't always thrive in captivity. Very specific conditions are required to keep these lizards healthy.
- Lifespan: They often live to 10 years, sometimes as long as 15 years.
- Size: These lizards will grow to be about 3 to 4 feet long.
Behavior and Temperament
They spend most of their time in the wild grasslands of Africa basking in the sun, burrowing in the soil, and eating a variety of small prey food such as rodents, smaller lizards, and insects.
Regular handling makes them tamer, but like all monitors, if they are not a captive bred baby or are not handled often, Savannah monitors can become aggressive.
Savannahs are strong, large escape artists. A large, secure enclosure is necessary to house any savannah monitor.
A full-grown Savannah needs a minimum of an 8-by-4-feet enclosure, or twice the length of the monitor.
A juvenile (young) Savannah will be fine in a 55-gallon aquarium for a short period of time, but since they grow quickly, most owners have their adult set-up ready when they bring home a baby.
The height of the enclosure should prevent them from escaping and allow a branch or other decoration in the cage on the off chance they want to climb. Monitors can be destructive, so other than some rocks and hides, decorations aren't necessary.
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