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 #2267368


Savannahmonitorlover
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 Going to start feeding pinkies.

Well some may know I have an about three month old savannah monitor and I was thinking about starting to feed just born pinkies is this ok? only like twice a week at most and will she begin to grow more rapidly when I start to feed pinkies?



05/23/12  11:49am

 #2267370


Dillonh24
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  Message To: Savannahmonitorlover   In reference to Message Id: 2267368


 Going to start feeding pinkies.

Try and keep it on crickets and other inverts as long as possible. Wait till it is a bit bigger because pinkie mice have no real bone structure and aren’t a good food source. I waited till mine was a bit bigger and could handle the next size up. But you are correct about growing much more rapidly. Mine went from like .5’’-1’’ a week growth rate up to 1.5’’-2’’. Mine is about 8 months and pushing 30’’.



05/23/12  01:02pm

 #2267375


Aragarnn
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  Message To: Dillonh24   In reference to Message Id: 2267370


 Going to start feeding pinkies.

do you have a male dillon?



05/23/12  01:29pm

 #2267460


Dillonh24
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  Message To: Aragarnn   In reference to Message Id: 2267375


 Going to start feeding pinkies.

no I have a young female i believe. I haven’t really checked to see but just based on her attitude. Besides I live in CND so it would be hard for us to breed them. Sorry bud.



05/24/12  12:11am

 #2268402


War Machine
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  Message To: Dillonh24   In reference to Message Id: 2267460


 Going to start feeding pinkies.

I would stay away from rodents all together, maybe one a month or less. Savs are insectivores, they strive off insects alone, I have mine on crickets, dubias, freshwater crab, snails eventually once he’s developed a nice chomper. But yeah you get the idea. Savs are fatties. And rodents will not help. Just my .2



06/01/12  10:28am

 #2268408


Dillonh24
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  Message To: War Machine   In reference to Message Id: 2268402


 Going to start feeding pinkies.

Correction... they aren’t insectivores they are invertivores (if that makes sense). They eat invertebrates not simply just insects. That is a common mistake made and you even pointed it out in your message War Machine with the mentioning of crabs and snails. Although they will except a wide variety of things such as sea food (crabs, shrimp etc), insects as well they will eat mice and mice aren’t harmful to a savannah as long as proper husbandry has been addressed. It all depends on who you talk to. I know i feed my savannah mice like twice a week but mostly crickets and a variety of other foods.



06/01/12  12:13pm

 #2268412


Savannahmonitorlover
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  Message To: Dillonh24   In reference to Message Id: 2268408


 Going to start feeding pinkies.

What kind of shrimp could I use??



06/01/12  01:19pm

 #2268413


War Machine
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  Message To: Savannahmonitorlover   In reference to Message Id: 2268412


 Going to start feeding pinkies.

Yes invertavore makes more sense lol thank you for pointing it out. And you’re right, its all opinions. Yes the monitor will eat it, but I personally prefer it not to. They’re known for getting obease easily. I’m not saying don’t ever feed them to him, but just don’t make it a staple like you would other monitors.



06/01/12  01:26pm

 #2268414


Millinex
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  Message To: Dillonh24   In reference to Message Id: 2268408


 Going to start feeding pinkies.

Snails yes, in the wild I’m not too sure they would readily find crabs or shrimp in their natural habitat...



06/01/12  01:34pm

 #2268416


Savannahmonitorlover
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  Message To: Millinex   In reference to Message Id: 2268414


 Going to start feeding pinkies.

Ok well the pet store near me doesnt have roaches and my mom wont let me bring them in the house so I have to find other things to fill her stomache without not filling mine lol.



06/01/12  01:52pm

 #2268419


Reptictale92
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  Message To: Savannahmonitorlover   In reference to Message Id: 2268416


 Going to start feeding pinkies.

Mice once a month as stated above yes they can hurt you monitor of any kind if feed twice a week or however many times you feed yours. Savannah Monitors are prone to fatty liver disease an mice feeding plays a huge part in it. I feed mine day old chick’s, crickets, roaches, snails, shrimp, quil. Of course I feed other things like unfirtle bird eggs but this is to just give you an idea. I hardly feed any mice to my monitors for the fact being they are very fat an just not healthy.



06/01/12  02:15pm

 #2268424


Reptictale92
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  Message To: Reptictale92   In reference to Message Id: 2268419


 Going to start feeding pinkies.










This is how a savannah monitor is supposed to look like never fed him a mice a day of his life, and a few pics of my ornate monitor. In the pics he is 6 months an 3 ft long.



06/01/12  03:17pm

 #2268427


Dillonh24
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  Message To: Reptictale92   In reference to Message Id: 2268424


 Going to start feeding pinkies.

Mice won’t harm the monitor at all if fed proper amounts (not over fed) and if you have proper husbandry such as temps to digest the food. Again, this is strickly opinion a lot of people will agree that mice shouldn’t be a staple and mine aren’t but that if fed properly they won’t harm the animal.



06/01/12  03:25pm

 #2268432


Reptictale92
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  Message To: Dillonh24   In reference to Message Id: 2268427


 Going to start feeding pinkies.

Agreed. I just seen to many people abuse the savannah monitor with feeding it mice. The only animals of mines that get mice is my red tegu (picky eater as of now) an my ball python, and my pac man frogs.



06/01/12  03:33pm

 #2268435


Varanus_odom
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  Message To: Millinex   In reference to Message Id: 2268414


 Going to start feeding pinkies.

Millinex, it’s not a matter of what is readily found in their natural habitat.

As explained before, an example would be South American roach species such as blaptica dubia. Dubia roaches make excellent feeders for virtually every monitor but they aren’t found in natural monitor habitat... the main thing to stick to is a variety of WHOLE prey.

Monod’s savanna crabs are found throughout the Savanna monitor range. Giant crickets, other lizards, millipedes, worms, snakes, snails, spiders and scorpions are also readily found.



06/01/12  03:36pm

 #2268438


Savannahmonitorlover
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  Message To: Varanus_odom   In reference to Message Id: 2268435


 Going to start feeding pinkies.

I could feed shrip right? Where would I get shrimp suitable to be able to be feed?



06/01/12  03:52pm

 #2268440


Reptictale92
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  Message To: Savannahmonitorlover   In reference to Message Id: 2268438


 Going to start feeding pinkies.

Go to the docks if where you live has any an get ones with the head on an then feed it to your monitor. As easy as that:)



06/01/12  03:59pm

 #2268451


Savannahmonitorlover
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  Message To: Reptictale92   In reference to Message Id: 2268440


 Going to start feeding pinkies.

I live bye fresh water:( where there are no shrimp



06/01/12  05:29pm

 #2268454


Varanus_odom
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  Message To: Savannahmonitorlover   In reference to Message Id: 2268451


 Going to start feeding pinkies.

Asian markets have fresh whole head-on shrimp for cheap. Maybe check out your local weekend farmers markets too.



06/01/12  05:42pm

 #2268475


Reptictale92
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  Message To: Varanus_odom   In reference to Message Id: 2268454


 Going to start feeding pinkies.

Actually there are freash water shrimp. But yeah as stated above Asian markets will have crape loads.



06/01/12  07:15pm

 #2268478


Millinex
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  Message To: Reptictale92   In reference to Message Id: 2268475


 Going to start feeding pinkies.

Repticale, seeing as though you feed a terrible diet, have an obviously dehydrated monitor, little-no substrate, and an aquarium, I hardly think you are in a position to give anyone advice on monitor care.

Fix yours, everything you’re doing is wrongo.



06/01/12  07:55pm

 #2268481


Savannahmonitorlover
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  Message To: Millinex   In reference to Message Id: 2268478


 Going to start feeding pinkies.

Well thank you to all who posted I will start looking for better food options.:)



06/01/12  08:07pm

 #2268488


Reptictale92
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  Message To: Savannahmonitorlover   In reference to Message Id: 2268481


 Going to start feeding pinkies.

Lol ok buddy. An savannahmonitorlover a healthy Savannah is not one all fat an slow. This type of monitor are slim an quite active, and like others using an aquarium is fine just make sure you have a wooden top.



06/01/12  08:59pm

 #2268498


Millinex
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  Message To: Reptictale92   In reference to Message Id: 2268488


 Going to start feeding pinkies.

You’re saying you have enough humidity in that aquarium? You’re misleading people. That dirt is BONE dry, and one of the biggest parts of savannah monitor husbandry is allowing them deep sand/soil mixture that is moist enough to burrow in. On top of that- feeding a natural diet.

Of course, you’re too arrogant and prideful to think more about your monitor than yourself. Shame your monitor will pass away in short order because of it. Maybe one day you’ll learn that pet store that sold you all that crap was wrong. We’ve all been there and made mistakes, time to own up to yours and fix your mistake for the monitors health, not your ego.



06/01/12  10:29pm

 #2268502


Reptictale92
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  Message To: Millinex   In reference to Message Id: 2268498


 Going to start feeding pinkies.

Lol that was actually an holding tank he was in for about 3 weeks did I forget to mention that?? Oh well he was later moved in to an 8x4x4. He was 3 ft at 6-7 months cant remebber which. His diet was farliy what I followed from what Chad lane, krusty, varanus odom all told me.



06/01/12  10:59pm

 #2268503


War Machine
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  Message To: Reptictale92   In reference to Message Id: 2268502


 Going to start feeding pinkies.

3 ft at 6-7 months? That I find hard to believe :S I’d love to see pics of his current setup!



06/01/12  11:04pm

 #2268504


Reptictale92
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  Message To: War Machine   In reference to Message Id: 2268503


 Going to start feeding pinkies.

I will post pictures of his old set up, but as I stated in a newer post do to my living situation I had to find new homes for all my old reptiles but a few I kept. An that’s not hard to belive at all they get 4ft in the first year as any monitor should be close to full grown within the first year. Only sad part is only a few live to see that year. One person on here had on I belive to be 4ft at a year forgot his name though.



06/01/12  11:37pm

 #2268506


Reptictale92
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  Message To: Reptictale92   In reference to Message Id: 2268504


 Going to start feeding pinkies.

An to say now before y’all attack me the top layer of his substrate in his wooden cage is supposed to be dry that’s the way I did it. Dry on top but moist below like in the wild. I would also hide worms in his wood an watch him find an eat them an also hide his chicks in random spots man I miss him he was smart.



06/01/12  11:46pm

 #2268507


War Machine
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  Message To: Reptictale92   In reference to Message Id: 2268504


 Going to start feeding pinkies.

I have to disagree with you there, upon all my research, mere research., Savs will reach 2-3 ft in the first year. Not 6 months. No reptile will be close to full grown in the first year. Perhaps 65-70% of their size yes. But full grown in a year? Doubtful



06/01/12  11:51pm

 #2268508


Reptictale92
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  Message To: War Machine   In reference to Message Id: 2268507


 Going to start feeding pinkies.

Well good sir then you haven’t seen any of sidbarvin (former person on here) he had these small lillte baby niles then in mer months they tripled in size I belive his last post the were around 3-4 ft I think not 100% sure. All my animals were near full grown size within the first year tegus, monitors. If feed the right diet an kept in the right enviroment they can reach full grown size in the first year. Is one of the older people on here reply they might shine some light.



06/01/12  11:57pm

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