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Old 06-06-13, 02:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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"Please Note, many of the areas discussed in this thread are outside of currently accepted best practice husbandry of Savannah Monitors, and are not recommended or endorsed as a correct way to care for your Savannah Monitor - Miszt"

Havent got a name yet, pics where requested and finally got some sorted

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Hatchling enclosure, after lots of faffing and discussions on here, and more faffing, i've finally put together an enclosure that gives a nice enviroment, i hope.

lots of drift wood, with 3inches of soil/sand mix on one side, more driftwood on top covered with 3inches of sphagnum moss, which provides lots of sleeping places, he has a burrow in the soil aswell, doesnt use it much tbh, the soil is supported by a conviently shaped piece of drift wood.

You can make out his to sleeping area entrances on the left.

Another bit of drift wood for his basking area, atm its so small he only needs a single 40W halogen, fitted a UVA led bulb into the second slot which covers the main basking spot - although I may move it, coz he hasnt once sat directly under the light, and a daylight led cluster bulb in the other which illuminates the right side of the cage without adding any more heat.

Under the light it can reach 70C, tapering off to around 50C, he sits in between usually, or further away. Cool end is 25-26C, middle 30-33C, hot end a stead 30-70 as you get closer to the lamp. He seems to love hot and dry, spends most of his time either on or under his basking wood waiting for crickets to come by or just dozing

Can see the digi hydrometer reading 75, its generally above 80% unless i take the glass off to faff inside

Got a black tray for a bathing area aka toilet - he has pooped a few times in empty gu containers instead of the water - i might trying something bigger so he can soak, i think he wants running water, and when his poop doesnt disappear, he doesnt go back to the water at all

He's eating as expected, like a full sized alligator! This is its home for the next 3 months, mainly for close monitoring to make sure he is healthy/eating well and adapts to me being around, enclosure will be built over next few weeks to 6x4x4, with a seperate, humidity and tempreture controlled ready made sleeping area, and then environmentally stabilized during that time If he grows more than 6inches in 3 months, then he'll go into an available 5x2x2 until its finished - will post up pics of the final enclosure build as it comes along if anyones interested


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Old 06-06-13, 02:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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3 sleeping areas, one soil/sand burrow, one logpile covered with sphag, and one just under his basking chunk of drift wood which you can see illuminated
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very nice ^^
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Far better than what most people provide.
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Wow, beautiful xD
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good humidity (80%) requires good back ground temps ( i always use 80f when they are young) & good basking spot (125f/130), the 3 keep each other in check.

good humidity like that & your sav won't soak much, even when in shed, they'll mess on the soil when young & may bury it even!

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nice one thanks guys, glad its doing the job!

its a great back drop to my office, working from home has its benefits think i've come up with some novel ideas for the final enclosure, to make it more interesting for it when its grown up (damn wana know if its a boy or girl lol). awsome to see them hunting insects, likes digging up mealworms, but doesnt seem to eat them, hunting down crickets for hours, i'm giving him brown crickets, coz they like to bask, and are very fast after a few seconds under the halogen, big silent crickets too, and locusts, which are far too slow, not tried any since the new setup with hotter basking spot, might be harder to catch now!
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Congrats man! I got my hatchling 2.5 months ago and it was 4-5 inches.. I think it grows everyday. All of a sudden it's 1.5 foot long today lol.
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Looking good. Already got some dirt on him I see!
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1.5ft after <3months is impressive growth, hows its speed now? can it still out run a brown cricket thats been basking? (relative to its size), was it privately bred or eggs from the wild? i suspect mine is wild, cant get any info out of the shop, which is info i'd expect to be told if it was local breeding, might be a later batch, which apparently have their growth spurt extended a bit (sure i read that sumwhere on here)....we'll see!

got a 5x2x2 ready off not

or might rent a garage and turn it into a little savanna
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1.5ft after <3monthsiispeeee growth, hows its speed now? can it still out run a brown cricket thats been basking? (relative to its size), was it privately bred or eggs from the wild? i suspect mine is wild, cant get any info out of the shopger haha, which is info i'd expect to be told if it was local breeding, might be a later batch, which apparently have their growth spurt extended a bit (sure i read that sumwhere on here)....we'll see!

got a 5x2x2 ready off not

or might rent a garage and turn it into a little savanna
He can still run really fast. I just posted a video of him chasing my fishing rod in the vid he is already kinda full and lost interest i do that each day to make him run around. When he is just starting the excersise and fully charged he is much faster and eager haha
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He can still run really fast. I just posted a video of him chasing my fishing rod in the vid he is already kinda full and lost interest i do that each day to make him run around. When he is just starting the excersise and fully charged he is much faster and eager haha
awsome, the vids great, its great to have such an active reptile with an inquisitive nature. what diet you been feeding him on? atm mines getting as much as it can eat, long as its active, all insects, he might get lucky with a fertile quail egg or two when he's a bit bigger - yearly treat only i think
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Picked up a bargin 4x2x2 enclosure today, so my new Sav will have a more reasonable roaming space until I move and sort it out a whole room to live in lol finally decieded on a design for the inside to; something a bit diffrent, and hopefully interesting (and healthy) for it to live in

Any recommendations for sealant paints to go on OSB? Was going to get a 2.5lt tub of pond sealant paint to seal the inside of the enclosure; a few options, but none really designed for OSB wood? might need 5lt coz its so porus, not sure...
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Expensive, but will last for life.

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will look into that one! more inclined to go with an aquatic-life safe product tbh; found a UK company here making a paint on expoy resign which is aquatic safe - but again very expensive, 100 per 5lt LOL someones making a killing off that
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