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Book Review - Savannah Monitor Lizards as Pets by Lolly Brown Print E-mail

Review of: Savannah Monitor Lizards as Pets. The Ultimate guide for Savannah Monitors Owners by Lolly Brown. 2017. NRB Publishing. ISBN: 9781946286567. About 110 pages.

About 65 million years ago a cataclysm wipe out the ruling reptiles which are the dinosaurs but only monitor lizards survive” is not an auspicious introductory sentence for any book which aspires to be written in English or belong to the non-fiction genre. This one claims to be both, and also “the ultimate guide for savannah monitors owners”.  According to the introduction, and perhaps unsurpassed in the history of herpetological anthropomorphisms, “Many first time keepers and experts in monitor lizards enjoy caring for savannah monitors because even if they look like real predators on the outside, these animals are longing to be petted by their owners on the inside as long as you treat them right and feed them well!

I cannot speak for first time keepers, nor for experts in monitor lizards, but anybody who enjoys caring for lizards in the belief that they are “longing to be petted” should not be allowed anywhere near them. However that is an opinion, not a fact, and, in the world of savannah monitor lizards, facts can be hard to find. Let’s look for some.

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Book Review: Savannah and Grassland Monitors Print E-mail

Book Review from mampam.com ©Daniel Bennett 2002
Book Review: Savannah and Grassland Monitors
Robert George Sprackland. 2000. 70 pages. The Herpetocultural Library, Advanced Vivarium Systems, Mission Viejo, California.
Rating (out of 10) = 2

This review has been moved to the Wall of Shame

 
Book Review - Australian Goannas Print E-mail
Book Review from mampam.com

©Daniel Bennett 2000

Australian Goannas. Matt Vincent and Steve Wilson.   1999. New Holland Publishers, Frenchs Forest. 152pp. AUS $29.95. Available from; 14 Aquatic Drive, Frenchs Forest, NSW 2086, Australia. Rating (out of 10) = 8

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Book Review - Advances in Monitor Research II Print E-mail
Book Review from mampam.com

© Daniel Bennett 2000

Advances in Monitor Research II. H.G. Horn and W.Bohme (eds).

1999. Mertensiella 11. 366p. About 70 Deutsche Marks.

Rating (out of 10) = 9
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Book Review - Nile Monitors by Robert Faust Print E-mail
Book Review: from Mampam Conservation © Daniel Bennett, 2002.
Nile Monitors by Robert Faust
95 pages, 84 colour photos and drawings. Published by Barrons, New York.
Rating (out of 10) = 10
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Book Review: The Biology of Varanid Lizards (2nd edition) Print E-mail
Book Review from mampam.com

© Daniel Bennett 2001

Monitors. The Biology of Varanid Lizards (2nd edition). Dennis King and Brian Green

(1999). 134 pp. Krieger Publishing Company, Malabar, Florida. US$25.50 (paper)

Rating (out of ten) = 5
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The Butaan Project
The Butaan Project - Background and History
butaan2.jpgThe butaan was first described to science in 1845 from a juvenile specimen collected by Hugh Cuming. It was labelled only "Philippines". It was named Varanus grayi.  No other specimens came to light for over 120 years. In the 1970s Walter Auffenberg found another specimen with a location in Luzon, established that its correct scientific name was Varanus olivaceus, and undertook a 22 month study of the species based in Bicol. His study revealed that butaan occupy a unique ecological niche and have a lifestyle quite unlike any other monitor lizard. Auffenberg used local hunters with dogs to catch the animals. Of 126 butaan caught during his study, 116 animals were killed.
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