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    Five Facts about Savannah Monitors

    1. It is estimated that 90% of savannah montor lizards do not survive their first year of captivity.

    2. The USA is by far the biggest importer of savannah monitors

    3. Savannah monitor lizards are one of the commonest dumped/unwanted pets according to animal rescue centers

    4. It is estimated that less than 0.003% of the savannah monitors exported into the USA reproduced in captivity

    5. Savannah monitor lizards are all wild caught, either as babies, eggs or as gravid adult females

     

    Five Myths about Savannah Monitors

    1. Wild savannah monitors are highly opportunistic scavengers a bit like vultures

    2. Savannah monitors come from dry places

    3. Savannah monitors are undemanding in captivity

    4. Savannah monitors are hardy and easy to keep

    5. Savannah monitors are ideal for beginners
     
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  • Polillo Project  ( 1 items )
  • Madagascar Bat Project  ( 1 items )
  • Frogs of Coorg  ( 2 items )
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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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