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Old 07-20-03, 12:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Real Sunlight

I find it wierd and almost scary that when i take my 8 inch savannah out in the sun it turns like it has been in the wild for the short time that it has been alive.I put my hand in the 20 gllon long tank and he whips sometimes but he hisses at me but i dont pull back and i go in and pet him softly and hes ok if i come back 10 minutes later he does the same thing but when i bring him in he wouldnt think of even hissing.Its wierd, and i dont wanna take him out when he is a foot and a half long and capabale of giving a MEAN biteI heard sometimes it will make a monitor permenitlly mean.
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Old 07-20-03, 12:14 AM   #2 (permalink)
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o ya

can anyone relate to this stuff?
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Old 07-20-03, 12:16 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Oh yeah. Try taking a cute little beardie outside! My little guy, an adorable rescue, puffs up and lurches back and forth after about 15 min outside. Not cute. The natural sunlight and UV do wonders for them, and turn them into the Hulk too
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Old 07-20-03, 12:23 AM   #4 (permalink)
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do you think it makes them grow quicker?
what will i do when my sav is totally ripped at 2 feet long or so and i take her out?
she could hurt me easily?
what to do?
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Old 07-20-03, 01:04 AM   #5 (permalink)
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MY Nile monitors was the smae way he was a kitten inside but he gets 5 mins of natural sunlight and he as a holly terror.
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Old 07-20-03, 01:23 AM   #6 (permalink)
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So should we still give them sunlight?
even when we are the ones endangered of this?
or should we just keep giving it to them and have a a$$hole pet!
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Old 07-20-03, 02:45 AM   #7 (permalink)
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i think its instinct. Both of my snakes are the same if we take them outside they become real hyper, and hard to keep ahold of. It seems strange but all animals started out outside. Try to catch an old Tomcat thats wild
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my main Q is should i proceed to take the sav out?even if there is a chance of getting a severe bite
my iguana lives outside and isnt that crazy, she has never whipped me and she gets hours of sunlight everyday?
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HEY!

My old beardie had problems goin outside aso but,,.,.,....IT WAS FREAKED EVERYTIME I TOOK him outside!!....He would just sit there.....
Forget being aggresive he didnt move..LOL

But i think its a good idea to give it to em once in a while.

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Why would you want to deprive an animal of something that it would thrive on if you have the opportunity to provide it with such? These animals are basking lizards, they were born to be in the sun. I'm willing to bet your guy just perked right up and was feeling a lot better than he was after catching some vitamins and whatnot from the natural sun. People need to stop caring for their animals in ways that benefit their personal preferences rather than their animals needs. SUnlight is one of the most natural things a monitor, or any basking lizard can benefit from. I keep my iguana outside in the summer, and I believe this is the reason she is still kicking at 19 years of age. She becomes a lot more active and full of beans, and it is because she is getting her needs met to the max, doesn't matter how many UV bulbs and supplements you give your animals, nothing can compare to that of natural sunlight, and the results show, as you have experienced with yours! Apologies if this post has come across harshly... tone gets lost in type... it was truly not my intent
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Might I add that most Varanids as well as alot of other herps are naturally protective of themselves. Not mean persay.. Besides a 5' + animal would intimidate me if I were a mere 8" as well.
Also, correct me if Im wrong, but I thought that I read you keep your monitor in a 20 gallon tank out side. (I may have just misread it).
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i have a 8 inch sav that i let lay in a 20 gallon for about 30 minutes a day, when i bring her in she is put in a 5 star hotel(55 gallon furnished well)loli just have the 20 gallon setup outside for her daily basking
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I've thought about taking my nile out for some sunlight. He is a handfull enough as it is. I'm a little worried about him getting freaky with natural sun.
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I find that my chameleons get a lot more aggressive and revert to instinctual behaviour after spending time in the sun. The typical chameleon "staggerstep" tends to disappear after a short time in captivity, but returns the instant they get outside. Normally docile animals regularly flare and attempt to bite after getting a good shot of natural UV.

The funniest thing is when they think passing aircraft are predatory birds.

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But who cares how "freaky" he gets? If he gets aggresive or ":freaky" its because he is finally getting his needs meet to the max.

Linds qoute was #1 IMHO. Perfect explanation. My iguana also FREAKS out and looses her mind in the real sun, but thats how they are SUPPOSED to be. Not unmoving and certainly NOT "tame"

Even though Roxy almost takes fingers and eyes away from me outside we still like her to get natural sun and are willing to deal with her "happy" behaviour for her to get it.


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