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Further Information about savannah monitor lizards Print E-mail

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Every year tens of thousands of people buy baby savannah monitors, so there is lots to read about them online. Here is a list of recommend sources and some of the worst ones to avoid.

You can learn more about Varanus exanthematicus from these links and pdf files.

 Rough translation's of work on Varanus exanthematicus and V. niloticus in Senegal by  Mamadou Cisse

The Savannah Monitor Lizard "The Truth about Varanus exanthematicus"

The savannah monitor, Varanus exanthematicus. Excellent website

The monitor spot. Ravi Thakoordyal's website

Varanus exanthematicus from A Little Book of Monitor Lizards (1995)

Video of savannah monitors in the wild (poor quaity but unique)

Bennett, D. 2000. Preliminary data on the diet of Varanus exanthematicus in the coastal plain of Ghana. Herp. Journal 10. 

Bennett, D. 2000 The abundance of Varanus exanthematicus in the coastal plain of Ghana. Amphibia-Reptilia

Bennett, D. 2000. Observations of Bosc's monitor lizard (Varanus exathematicus) in the wild. Bull. Chicago Herp. Soc 25(8)

Mampam Conservation Library

Literature to avoid!

Book Review - Savannah Monitors by Robert Sprackland

Book Review - Giant Lizards by Robert Sprackland

 
 

 

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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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