How to Care for a Pet Savannah Monitor


Savannah monitors are obligate carnivores, primarily consuming insects and invertebrates. Their diet should include crickets, mealworms, earthworms, roaches, and grasshoppers. 


Savannah monitors need a spacious enclosure. A minimum of 8 L x 4 W x 4 H is recommended for adults. The enclosure should have a secure lid and be well-ventilated. 

Temperature and Lighting

Maintaining the correct temperature gradient is crucial. The basking area should be between 100°F to 130°F, while the cooler side should be around 75°F-80°F. 

Humidity and Water

Savannah monitors thrive in humidity levels of 40-50%. This can typically be maintained with a large water dish in the enclosure. Regular misting may be necessary if the ambient humidity is low. 

Health and Behavior

Savannah monitors can live 10-15 years, and up to 20 years with excellent care . They are prone to obesity and metabolic bone disease if not properly cared for.

Handling and Taming

While Savannah Monitors can be tamed, they require gradual and gentle handling to build trust. Start handling them when they are young to make them more manageable as adults.

Cost and Maintenance

Owning a Savannah Monitor involves significant initial setup costs for the enclosure, heating, and lighting equipment, as well as ongoing expenses for food, substrate, and veterinary care.