Miss Lizzie's Savannah Monitor Page

Miss Lizzie
Frank & Jennifer Sronce, Washington, USA

This is Miss Lizzie. As Steve Irwin would say, "Isn't she a beauty?!" Miss Lizzie was only around 5 or 6 years old when she began growing a lump in her neck in 1999. Our vet at the time claimed it was fat. We had it removed in the summer of 2000, but it was cancerous and came back in the spring of 2001. She had radiation therapy to try to shrink it, but it didn't work. On March 29, 2001 we had to have her euthanized. We miss her so much.
As a tribute to her and other wonderful savannahs out there, this page has been created to share pictures of pet monitors around the world. Photographs on this page are the property of the owner of the animal. My thanks to the people who have contributed to this page.

Ulrik Smed, Denmark, Aarhus

Here is my beloved 9 year old female savannah. She was given to me by a friend who really hadn't got the space for her anymore, so she is somehow a 'rescue'. Despite that I am very very fond of her I haven't given her a name, just can't think of one that really fits, so she's just called 'Varanus' sometimes...

Beth and Mat

This is our Sav, Abby she's 5 month's old now. A little fiesty at times but we enjoy her.

Frank & Jennifer Sronce, Washington, USA

We bought Squirt in March 2001 as a 10 gram hatchling. Sadly, we lost him at the beginning of August 2002. We'll always remember him.

Savannahs as Pets

The savannah monitor (Varanus exanthematicus) or Bosc's monitor is one of the best monitor lizards to keep as a pet. Like all monitors, they have strict environmental requirements and are not recommended for a first reptile. They are also lazy and prone to obesity. However, most savannahs (there are always exceptions) are even-tempered and can be easily tamed. Once they become comfortable with their surroundings and owner, savannahs are inquisitive, tenacious hunters. They will explore every crevice and hole in their surroundings. Then they'll explore them again to see if anything has changed. They will use you as lizard furniture and climb you to get a better view of their surroundings. If they know you bring food, they will watch every move you make hoping that your gesturing hand will magically produce tasty mice.
This page is not meant to supply guidelines for keeping savannahs. There are many other websites out there that provide care sheets and articles on monitor health. Check out our links page for sites we like.

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