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RE: New Savannah monitor owner

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Posted by: murrindindi at Tue Jan 1 18:07:59 2013  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by murrindindi ]  
   

One small tip; make sure there`s lots of cover around the basking site and feeding/drinking areas in particular, but also throughout the whole enclosure. The monitor must feel secure in the tank before you start trying to have some interaction (tong feeding), and until that time absolutely no forced handling (except in an emergency, of course), so the sooner you finsh the modifications the better.
If you have a basking surface temp between approx 50 to 60c (120 to 140f) it`s fine, they heat up very quickly at this size (you can go slightly higher).
Even at 16inches ToL (total length) it`s possible the animal is already sexually mature.


   

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