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Old 10-19-12, 07:39 AM   #16 (permalink)
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and this relates back to original post. try and rub any healthy monitor on his belly or smack his sides like in that video. im no expert but its common knowledge for any varanid keeper.
Just like Wayne said, there's a difference between surviving and thriving.

Healthy monitors won't lay on your lap and watch TV for longer than a few moments. I've seen Wayne's videos. I wouldn't dare try to "pet" or handle his savs. If they want interaction, they come to HIM.
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i think the upsetting part is 49,000 people see this video and dont realize whats wrong with the picture. im not trying to pick the keeper apart, but showing people a monitor acting like this (and i assume its regular behavior for the albig) is not really all that responsible nor is RR saying savs enjoy belly rubs. any wild animal in captivity should exhibit wild behavior to some degree. belly rubs aren't tolerated by any monitor. get a dog if you wanna rub a belly. when you publish articles read by the public, its important to give accurate, informative information. thats the point of this thread right? but it is the internet so you can pretty much say whatever you want i guess. im done hahaha
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its all relative. they can be calmer than other varanids....
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but showing people a monitor acting like this (and i assume its regular behavior for the albig) is not really all that responsible nor is RR saying savs enjoy belly rubs.
Just to be clear, the Reptile Report did NOT itself state that savs enjoy belly-rubs. They merely shared/posted a link that did such. But still, the point you are making of responsibility still applies.

It surprised me a little only because TRR is somewhat run by ProExotics, which are avid, experienced monitor breeders. That they let that info slip by is a little irresponsible.
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I think they must have not seen the Sav part. It was at the very bottom of the page, and they may have just read the opening paragraph. If they saw that part, I would have expected them to post it in the monitor category, but they didn't. Looking at other posts though, they put something in a category even if there's just one pic in a hundred that fits said category. In my opinion, they just missed it.
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Don't blame the newspaper just because you don't like the story.
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I think they must have not seen the Sav part. It was at the very bottom of the page, and they may have just read the opening paragraph. If they saw that part, I would have expected them to post it in the monitor category, but they didn't. Looking at other posts though, they put something in a category even if there's just one pic in a hundred that fits said category. In my opinion, they just missed it.
Probably the case.
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Well for an easy to care for, eminently handlable monitor, there is always my Varanus komodoensis plasticus.






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I have to say that we do have a few varanids that are VERY calm and tolerate handling very well. The Ackies in particular are very calm and will let you pick them up without a fuss you can sit there with one in your hand for a long time. They even sit still for pictures. LOL. However, the savannahs on the other hand, are a handful and do not like to be looked at so much as handled. I assume there can be some very calm savs out there that are being cared for properly but I cant imaging there being too many.
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Ackies are just plain awesome
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However, the savannahs on the other hand, are a handful and do not like to be looked at so much as handled. I assume there can be some very calm savs out there that are being cared for properly but I cant imaging there being too many.

Mine need a xanax or something.... off the chain little devils.

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