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Savannah monitors Varanus exanthematicus are medium-sized monitor lizards that are usually readily available in most reptile specialty stores and from breeders They are intelligent for lizards beautiful usually tame pretty easily and do not grow as large as some monitors Savannahs usually are less expensive to purchase than some of the other monitor species Savannah monitors hail from Africa and they are also listed as a threatened species in their natural habitat due to the pet trade trade in reptile skins and the fact that they are used in their native countries as a source of foodSavannah monitors are usually first purchased as hatchlings or juveniles Remember that although they look small and cute when they are this age they will grow to three feet or beyond and weigh around 11-12 pounds when they are fully grown They also require a large amount of space and a fairly large amount of food to be maintained properly Any monitor including Savannah monitors should be treated with respect because they are extremely strong for their size and have very sharp teeth I have never been bitten by mine and wouldnt want to be A bite from one of these lizards can even require stitches Not trying to scare anyone off just giving you information that you should know before purchasing a monitor lizard I also believe that the Savannah monitor is one of the best monitor lizards to start with They are well known for becoming tame in captivity especially if you are willing to invest time into taming them Some Savannahs almost seem to be affectionate towards their ownersWhen selecting an enclosure for your monitor you will want to buy one as large as possible to start A 30 gallon to 55 gallon tank is a good size to start for a young Savannah monitor The general rule for sizing a cage is one and a half to two or more times the lizard from nose
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