Live reptiles available only in Petco stores. Selection varies by store. Check your local store for availability.
This most commonly owned pet Monitor Lizard is known for its prehistoric looks and puppy dog-like personaility. However, that docile tempermant comes from consistent interaction and bonding with their pet parent(s). They are also a popular choice because they stay much smaller than other Monitor Lizards, reaching only 2.5 to 3 feet in total length, which makes them and the space they require much more managable.
Savannah Monitors can be kept in a 20-gallon or 40-gallon terrariums as juveniles, but they will eventually grow out of those and require larger housing. Their diet should be varied between a wide variety of insects and frozen/thawed rodents. Savannah Monitors love to soak in water and are also big drinkers, so be sure to provide a water bowl large enough for them to soak in. Remember that regular interaction with juveniles make for social and well-mannered adults.
Available for sale in Petco stores.
Native To: Africa
Adult Size: 2.5-3'
Temperature: 80-90°F; basking up to 110°F
Care Level: Intermediate
Scientific Name: Varanus exanthemticus
Most Active During: Daytime (diurnal)
Life Span: 10+ years
Eats: Crickets, mealworms, superworms and frozen/thawed rodents.
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