New to Savannah monitors
Hi y'all, as I was doing some research on savannah monitors I stumbled across this site and thought I'd ask a few questions. Alright so I've heard that you can go straight ahead and put a hatchling sav in an adult sized enclosure? Is this true, if so does this affect the taming process? For the enclosure I was told 8x4x4 is the minimum, can an adult sav live comfortably in those conditions? I might me able to extend the enclosure by a foot or two if not. I've heard a lot of people say feeding Dubia roaches is good, problem is those are illegal up here. Any alternatives to dubias? Also what is the best substrate in your opinion? I know savs like to burrow but I'm not really sure what type of substrate would be best. I hope I didn't annoy anyone with my dumb questions, I just want to be able to provide my animal with the best care I can. Thanks!
Welcome to the forum and monitor keeping. For starters I would visit savannahmonitor. net and look into waynes youtube channel, I want to say it's called infernalis1. A hatchling will be more than happy in the adult enclosure and the extra foot or so offered will be greatly appreciated by an adult sav. in place of dubia roaches you can feed mice, rats, crickets, locusts, earthworm, fish, really anything that is a whole prey item.
As Richard said, that website to check out is worthwhile. It will give you a good idea of the amount of work that really goes into keeping one. I put a young one in an 8x6x6 cage (I believe he was around 3 months old at the time and his size was around 8 inches...maybe even less. Tiny is how I would have describe him at the time). It only took my sav a couple of weeks to settle in and then a couple of months to become bold enough to not be concerned if I approached the cage. Savs are hard to provide for with the space, cost of upkeep and weight of the cage and the cost to feed. Its becoming more acceptable to keep them on an insect based diet as well.
To be honest, if its a "tame" lizard you are wanting to keep, getting a monitor may not be the best choice to make. Most monitors will only get as far as being tolerant. Some may get interactive but they are not known to be the type you can call a real pet. They are happier to be just looked at and fed....in general. They don't want to be messed with much. A tegu is more of a pet, one that actually is a bit socialble in that sense. That's a reptile I'd suggest researching a bit if your looking for one you can be more "friends" with. If trust is earned the right way, tegus have been known to be attention whores actually. They seek out attention rather than shy away from it like a monitor would