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Posted by SteveS on January 15, 2001 at 20:29:42:
In Reply to: savanna monitors feedind and breedind posted by William L on January 15, 2001 at 19:43:25:
Rodents arent bad for monitors. Different monitor species will need slightly adjusted diets.
The savannah monitor (Varanus exanthematicus) should be fed less rodentia than say a water monitor, or goulds etc. Savannah monitor diets high in rodents have been linked to obesity, hair impactions, and fatty liver. Insects, crustaceans, snails, and other reptiles represent the bulk of wild savannah diets with the occasional rodent as well. Husbandry is important for monitor digestion, more specifically temp. If your monitor is not provided with the proper temps, even a good diet wont do much good.
Hope this helps, Steve.