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Comparing Exotic Lizards For Sale: Blue Iguana & Savannah Monitor

April 26th, 2018 by

Exotic lizards can make great pets if you’ve done your research. Luckily for you, we have an awesome selection of exotic lizards for sale for you to check out once you know exactly which one you’re looking for. For now, we’re going to focus on two specific lizards we have available. The Blue Iguana and the Savannah Monitor are worth looking into as pets; however, there are a few details to consider.

Savanna monitors need room to grow. There is debate among reptile enthusiasts about how large the enclosure for a lizard should be. Everyone has an opinion, but in the end, it depends on the type of lizard. Savannah monitors, for example, can grow pretty quickly but its growth rate depends on how often its fed and the diet. To stay on the safe side, try to get the largest terrarium you can afford. Young monitors love to spend their time in trees so that’s something to keep in mind when building a suitable habitat.

Going big makes it easier to maintain temperature regulation and add essential elements to the environment. Small enclosures, however, come in handy because they allow you to examine the lizard as it grows. Just beware that the monitor, like many lizards, will take any chance to escape. Make sure that even if it does escape its enclosure, it doesn’t escape your home, since these reptiles are banned in some cities and may require to be registered in others.

The Blue Iguana is known for its large body and is not suitable for everyone. If you do have the space and equipment to give the blue iguana the quality of life it requires, you’ll find that these are pretty amazing reptiles. If you’re looking for extremely rare and exotic lizards for sale, the Blue Iguana is one to have on your radar. Their diet consists mostly of plants, fruits, and vegetables; although they won’t shy away from larvae or slugs.

When it comes to temperament, you can’t always expect a specific type of lizard to act a certain way. Blue Iguanas are known to have pretty good temperament but these rare lizards have individual, innate personalities. The approach to setting up an enclosure is similar to the Savannah Monitor, but feel free to set up an outdoor pen if you live in regions where the winters aren’t too severe.

Buy Exotic Lizards Online with xyzReptiles

When you decide to buy lizards online, you have to take into consideration the experience your reptile pet will have. That’s why xyzReptiles make sure to provide attention to detail and special care with every delivery. Our exotic reptiles are shipped properly and securely to make sure your exotic lizards arrive in the best condition, ready to spend their life with you.

Baby Savannah Monitor Lizards as pets – learn before you buy

March 14th, 2016 by

Its spring time and baby lizards and snakes of all types are beginning to show up in captive collections and at wholesalers across the country. As one of the staples of the pet reptile market, baby Savannah Monitor Lizards have been farm bred and imported from Africa for years. As a responsible pet owner it is imperative to learn as much as you can about your next pet before making that commitment and luckily there is a ton of information about the savannah monitor available to date. This article will focus on natural history, diet, caging and genetic mutations of one of the most readily recognized reptile pets around.

Where do Savannah monitors come from?

Savannah Monitors (Varanus exanthematicus) are also known as the Bosc’s monitor as a reference to the scientist who first described them in 1792 Louis Bosc. They are a medium sized lizard that rarely exceeds four feet in length and has a stocky body type with large beaded scales. They are found in a variety of earth tone colors that vary regionally and tend to match their surroundings in order to aid in camouflage. They are found in central Africa from Senegal to Sudan but the bulk of the babies that are imported into the United States originate in Ghana which also happens to be the port of importation for most of the baby Ball Pythons we see every summer. They are found in the wild in burrows and small shrubs and bushes and are not as large or as defensive as their close cousins the White Throat Monitors or the Black Throat Monitors.

What is the right setup for the Savannah Monitor Lizard?

Baby Savannah Monitors are a very hardy pet and can adapt to most living situations but having the correct setup and diet can make a big difference in your pet’s long term health and happiness. The first thing to consider is the adult size of the lizard, which can exceed four feet in length and weigh ten to fifteen pounds. Many keepers tend to keep savannahs loose in the house when they reach adulthood and this has to do with this animal’s docile nature and ability to coexist with other household pets such as cats and dogs. As the animal is growing it is best to keep it in a large terrarium with a flat terrain that includes hiding spots and low sturdy branches for climbing and basking. Heat lamps and UVB lighting is an absolute must to ensure proper digestion and bone density. The most common mistake keepers make is feeding their pets a high rodent diet, which tends to clog their digestive system and give them a bloated and overweight appearance. In the wild the Savannah Monitor has an almost exclusive insect based diet that includes grass hoppers, millipedes and scorpions.

Finding the Savannah monitor for sale

There is a large number of baby Savannah monitors for sale every spring and although the baby season is rather short there seems to be enough supply to meet the demand every year. There are very few people breeding these lizards and that seems to be completely financial based and when you do find actual captive bred and born Savannahs they tend to demand a price in the hundreds of dollars. Color mutations such as the Axanthic, Hypomelanistic, Melanistic and both T- and T+ Albinos have been collected and imported into the United States but captive born babies are still not available on the market. When choosing a baby Savannah Monitor for sale it is important to establish that the babies are feeding and acclimated at the time of purchase and if they are older imports it is wise to get them dewormed. At xyzReptiles we have a small number of fresh baby Savannah Monitors for sale that are fed an insect based diet and are growing nicely before being shipped out.