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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.

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

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
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
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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Savannah Monitor Book


Our pet-owners' guide to savannah monitor lizard is the first ever written by people who have studied the animals in the wild and bred them in captivity. There are at least seven books in print about the savannah monitor, but we think this is the only one worth reading! Last few available 










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The Butaan Project - Foraging behaviour

butaan7.jpgWe use feces to investigate diet and activity areas of butaan. In total we have examined more than 1500 samples, possibly the largest ever collected for a single population of reptiles.  Butaan and their relatives are huge specialised frugivores, much bigger than any other specialised frugivorous animal in  the Philippines. They need a constant supply of fruit but lack the wings that allow other frugivores to forage in different forest fragments. Large and immobile, the butaan depends on a very narrow range of foods.



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