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 #2316089


Dito87
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 New Savannah Monitor stopped eating

I just got a Savannah about a month ago, he’s pretty small on about 10 inches long. I have him in a temporary exo terra 36 x 18 x 18 until I move. The temp in his tank is about 85- 90 degrees and around 110 for a basking spot. I have about 8 inches of soil substrate for him to burrow in and a water dish big enough to soak in. He ate just fine for the first two weeks or so but now he has stopped eating. It has been about 10 days since I could get him to eat anything. Any suggestions?



12/14/15  11:48am

 #2316154


Dito87
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  Message To: Dito87   In reference to Message Id: 2316089


 New Savannah Monitor stopped eating

Please, any help would be appreciated. It’s been about three weeks since I could get him to eat anything now.



12/18/15  02:29pm

 #2316156


Takahiro111
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  Message To: Dito87   In reference to Message Id: 2316154


 New Savannah Monitor stopped eating

Did you get this sav from a petstore???



12/18/15  02:47pm

 #2316165


Dito87
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  Message To: Takahiro111   In reference to Message Id: 2316156


 New Savannah Monitor stopped eating

No I got him at a Exotic Pet show. He ate fine for the first few weeks, now he shows no interest in food



12/18/15  10:00pm

 #2316171


Takahiro111
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  Message To: Dito87   In reference to Message Id: 2316165


 New Savannah Monitor stopped eating

What’s his diet and setup? There are so many reason why a reptile will refuse food. Sorry I shouldve asked this earlier.



12/19/15  12:17pm

 #2316172


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  Message To: Takahiro111   In reference to Message Id: 2316171


 New Savannah Monitor stopped eating

Meaning humidity



12/19/15  12:17pm

 #2316173


Dito87
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  Message To: Takahiro111   In reference to Message Id: 2316172


 New Savannah Monitor stopped eating

I’ve been feeding him dusted crickets mostly. I tried superworms but he outright refused to eat them. Humidity is in the 40s, I’m getting a new glass lid made now to try and get the humidity higher, I know it’s low.



12/19/15  01:39pm

 #2316177


Takahiro111
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  Message To: Dito87   In reference to Message Id: 2316089


 New Savannah Monitor stopped eating

Vary his diet. Most lizards doesn’t want the same thing over again also your basking temp should be a little higher. He can be stressed because the humidity is too low. My sav basking spot is 120-130° with a 90-95° hot end and the cool 75-80° and keep the humidity at 60%. Stress can be the cause of going off feed. Once you fix the humidity problem and other things see if he improves if not see a vet. What I also do if my reptiles go off feed is give them a prey they rarely eats so you can also try a pinkie but this shouldn’t be part of his diet because save aren’t that good at digesting rodents(fat/protein) that’s why so many savs die from obesity because fed to many rodents or making it their main diet. If he’s also losing weight, unusual stool, and lethargic see a vet asap.



12/19/15  03:33pm

 #2316179


Dito87
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  Message To: Takahiro111   In reference to Message Id: 2316177


 New Savannah Monitor stopped eating

Thank You!!! I am working on getting the humidity up in his enclosure and I’m also building more places for him to hide and bask on. I have heard the same thing about pinkies that’s why I was waiting to use them as a last resort. I offered him a tiny piece of raw beef yesterday to see if I could get him to eat ANYTHING, but he showed no interest. He is not lethargic and his stool has been normal. I think I may have handled him too much when I first got him so I’m trying the hands off approach as much as possible now. I’m just worried because he has not eaten in so long.



12/19/15  04:13pm

 #2316180


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  Message To: Dito87   In reference to Message Id: 2316179


 New Savannah Monitor stopped eating

That’s another thing you handled him too early he’s just stressed. And your welcome but don’t offer meat within its first year of age, I only give meat as a treat aside from beef. Just let him settle and put food in a feeder bowl leave him alone and in a couple of hours see how it goes, you can also put thee feeder bowl under a hide if he’s too shy to eat in front of you. Since he’s not lethargic then that’s amazing but the more you bother him the more stressed he’ll get and stress messes with their immune system making them sick.



12/19/15  04:35pm

 #2316181


Dito87
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  Message To: Takahiro111   In reference to Message Id: 2316180


 New Savannah Monitor stopped eating

Yeah unfortunately I was given some bad advice about handling the early. Lucky I read further into it and I know better now, but the damage is done. So tomorrow I’ll get a pinkie and leave it in his cage and wait.



12/19/15  06:08pm

 #2316182


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  Message To: Dito87   In reference to Message Id: 2316181


 New Savannah Monitor stopped eating

The crickets from the last time I fed him are still running around in his enclosure, should I take them out and try again after he feeds on something else?



12/19/15  06:09pm

 #2316183


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  Message To: Dito87   In reference to Message Id: 2316181


 New Savannah Monitor stopped eating

Yes remove the crickets. Insects that runs around are annoying to reptiles not to mention once they get hungry the reptile is the first thing they’ll snack on. Sit the pinkie half way in his hide so the other half is poking out or you can try to stimulate movements in front of the hide.



12/19/15  06:50pm

 #2316184


Dito87
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  Message To: Takahiro111   In reference to Message Id: 2316183


 New Savannah Monitor stopped eating

Ok Thank You!!!!! I will try this tomorrow!!



12/19/15  07:29pm

 #2316190


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  Message To: Dito87   In reference to Message Id: 2316184


 New Savannah Monitor stopped eating

You welcome let me know how it goes I’ll call my reptile veterinarian tomorrow morning to see if he can help out a bit.



12/19/15  08:55pm

 #2316195


Dito87
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  Message To: Takahiro111   In reference to Message Id: 2316190


 New Savannah Monitor stopped eating

I got a pinkie, he was out basking so I set it near him. He still showed no interest.



12/20/15  02:03pm

 #2316196


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  Message To: Dito87   In reference to Message Id: 2316195


 New Savannah Monitor stopped eating

Still hasn’t moved from his spot, but on the plus side my girlfriend counted seven crickets in his cage thus morning and I only see 2 now



12/20/15  02:44pm

 #2316197


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  Message To: Dito87   In reference to Message Id: 2316196


 New Savannah Monitor stopped eating

He might’ve ate them. My vet also said keep interaction to a minimum since he got stressed to this point. And he thinks it can be an underlying problem other than stress and be best to call your local herp vet.



12/20/15  03:06pm

 #2316260


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  Message To: Takahiro111   In reference to Message Id: 2316197


 New Savannah Monitor stopped eating

I lost him last night. I’m devastated that I couldn’t help him. I had called my local herp vet and he gave me some good advice, and said to bring him in if I thought I should. I was planning to take him in the day after Christmas. All of those crickets I thought he ate came out of the wood work afterwards too, they must have found somewhere to hide. Its really gonna hurt for awhile that I couldn’t get him the help he needed...



12/23/15  06:24pm

 #2316262


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  Message To: Dito87   In reference to Message Id: 2316260


 New Savannah Monitor stopped eating

Im sorry to hear but at least you were going to take him to the vet, it’s many people out here that doesn’t plan to see one and rather watch the poor animal suffer and die. I believe its not your fault and you did everything you could this animal could’ve been sick before you got him. Reptiles are good for hiding illnesses until its the last minute. When your feeling well and yourself again and get a new reptile friend first thing is to take a fresh fecal sample to a vet their usually $40-50 and its helpful for finding internal parasites. That could’ve been the culprit and most of the time is in some reptiles, my vet sees it often in some captive reptiles.



12/23/15  09:13pm

 #2316265


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  Message To: Takahiro111   In reference to Message Id: 2316262


 New Savannah Monitor stopped eating

Thank you for your advice and for trying to help. Whenever I do end up getting another, I will be taking it to the vet first this for an initial check up. I was looking back on this site and found someone who had the same exact thing happen a few years ago. The night before he passed, it looked like he was trying to swallow or adjust his jaw or something. When I found him today it looked like there was something in his mouth, that was not his tongue. I have been searching the internet for answers for hours now. Anyway, thanks again for helping.



12/24/15  01:35am

 #2316266


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  Message To: Dito87   In reference to Message Id: 2316265


 New Savannah Monitor stopped eating

Here’s the other post that looked like the same thing...

http://repticzone.com/forums/Monitors/messages/2233453.html



12/24/15  01:37am

 #2316268


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  Message To: Dito87   In reference to Message Id: 2316265


 New Savannah Monitor stopped eating

Your very much welcome glad I can help



12/24/15  01:54am

 #2316309


Charles Lee Ray
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  Message To: Dito87   In reference to Message Id: 2316266


 New Savannah Monitor stopped eating

Don’t give up because he died. Look at other species that are just as interesting but seem to be more hardy. I suggest a captive bred Argus monitor or an Ackie, there probably aren’t starter varanids but if you’d like a medium sized 4-5’ range an argus is good or I think ackies get 2’ on the smaller end. Try again and be cautious who you buy from.



12/28/15  12:13am


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