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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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Bye Bye Butaan

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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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The Butaan Project
The Butaan Project

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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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