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Trade in Savannah Monitors - USA Print E-mail

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The USA  recorded gross imports of 20,759 live savannah monitors per year between 1979 and 2009.Between 1999 and 2009 the average was 30,402 lizards per year. The animals have a retail price of as little as $20

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

 
 

 

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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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