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Trade in Savannah Monitors Print E-mail
ImageCITES has kept records of international trade in savannah monitors since the mid 1970s. The USA by by far the largest consumer of pet savannah monitors, with gross imports totaling 642,500 animals up to 2010. In total, the UK, Germany, Canada, Japan, Spain, France, Taiwan and  Netherlands recorded gross imports of 145,711 up to 2010.



Source CITES Trade Database,  http://www.cites.org/eng/resources/trade.shtml




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Butaan start to visit fruiting trees before they are large enough to swallow the fruits. They make repeat journeys to trees, perhaps to reinforce memory of the position of the tree. If the youngster survives it may continue to use this tree for many decades. Fruiting trees like this are a vital resource for entire populations of butaan. Learn more >

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Since 1999 the Butaan Project has been studying the rare, endangered, and unique fruit-eating monitor lizards of the Philippines.  Butaan is just one of several races of frugivorous monitor lizards in the Philippines ("Pandan Biawak"), all of which are of at least as great a conservation concern as the Komodo dragon, but receive virtually none of the attention. Pandan Biawak occur only in lowland dipterocarp forest. The first species (Butaan) was discovered in 1845 and not seen alive by a scientist until the late 1970s. The next species (Mabitang) was discovered in 2001. Other species remain undescribed, and some may have gone extinct without ever having been recognised.





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