This guy is a Colombian Clown Face Redfoot Tortoise and he is quite pleasant! He is healthy and fun. All of our other new reptiles are also doing very well. Three Iguanas found homes on Sunday and I hope they are settling in nicely. This tortoise’s old roommate, the Russian tortoise, found a home just today! Everyone seems to be doing great. Stop in the store any time to see our available pets and ask about finding a cool new companion!
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Let other people have cats and dogs! Jungle Bob is here to show you that owning a pet reptile or amphibian is not as crazy as you might think. In this video, he tells you three cool facts about the Savannah monitor.
A huge family of lizards are the monitor lizards from the grand daddy of them all, the Komodo dragon. They come in all shapes and sizes. They're predominantly Asian creatures, Australian, but we do see them all the way to the continent of Africa.
And one of the bigger ones in Africa is the Savannah monitor. It's native to desert areas. It's a predator for sure, but it's also an opportunistic feeder. It'll come across carrion, something dead, it will munch on that. The small ones will eat insects, maybe a bit of greens here and there. Anything it can get its mouth on it pretty much eats.
They grow to tremendous sizes, most of the monitors are dominated by their size, from the Komodo down. Savannah monitors can max out at 4 or 5 feet and become really heavy-bodied. We have here two babies that were hatched here right out of the egg. They're about four weeks old so they're still on an insect type of diet. But their parents were 4 to 4 1/2 feet each and about 20, 25 pounds. So, this is a large-bodied animal, a meat-eater, if you will. The Savannah monitors, all monitor lizards, are characterized by their forked tongue, which usually is reserved for snakes in nature.
But monitor lizards also have that forked tongue that gives them a kind of menacing, dinosaur type of look that makes them extremely popular from nature films right down to captive husbandry and owning them as pets. Savannah monitors of this age have beautiful markings. Those markings do change as they get older. They get a little drabber, spots sometimes fade away into a solid color but they always maintain that really robust, heavy-bodied look and they move around kind of like they're in charge of the territory they're in.
They spend most of their nights underground in burrows and go out hunting for anything they can during the day. The Savannah monitor, a member of the Varanidae family.
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Reptiles, just like their aquatic ancestors, are cold-blooded animals. But unlike the familiar warm-blooded pets such as dogs, cats and other mammals, reptiles lack any sort of furry cover. Rather they are sheathed in scales, or bony plating known as scutes. Although reptiles lack that cozy, huggable appeal of a fuzzy soft covering they are fascinating to look at and intriguing in habit. They are exceptional animals and make very cool pets!
Lizards are often the first pet reptile for a lot of folks