Everything You Need to Know About Savannah Monitors

Posted by Samantha Bubar

The savannah monitor looks like it walked straight out of a Jurassic Park movie.

Savannah monitors, also known as the Bosc monitor, are from the grasslands and savannas of Central Africa and are one of the most mild mannered reptiles in the monitor family. Best for experienced reptile keepers, these mild-mannered monitors require a very large enclosure and a sufficient amount of training due to their large size.

These carnivores are scavengers and in their younger years like to spend time in trees. As adults they can be fed two to three times a week, and in the wild they eat primarily insects. In captivity they can also be fed fish and shrimp on a less frequent basis.

Monitors are very active and live for 5 to 10 years with proper care.

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Savannah monitors have round eyes with round pupils ranging in color from reds/oranges to shades of brown.


Strong jaws allow savannah monitors to grab, crush and shake their prey. They rely on their forked tongue to smell and sense their environment, including searching for small prey.


They have claw-like talons on their toes, perfect for climbing, digging, and burrowing in deep substrate.


Savannah monitors have a stout body that is grey to tan with a light pattern on their back, sides, and tail.


A savannah monitors length is mostly made up of its tail. From nose to tail, they are roughly three feet in length!

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