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Old 10-27-2009, 04:13 PM   #11
Ed Clark
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the lil guy wouldn't quit squirming
Thats a good sign of a healthy monitor.

Your pic is of no help.
 
Old 10-27-2009, 04:21 PM   #12
AtrociousOne
i don't think he's unhealthy, i'm just curious as to what it was. i'm pretty new to the monitor scene. it seems to be working it's way to it's top jaw, almost up to it's eyes

 
Old 10-27-2009, 04:22 PM   #13
AtrociousOne
these any better? i'll try and get my friends cam later, best i can do right now lol



 
Old 10-28-2009, 09:45 PM   #14
Mike@boakingdom.com
Terrible pics; they don't help ous one bit.

If the white area is pure solid white, it may be a scar from a burn or something. If it's a normal light color that looks "almost" white, then I would say it is normal. Those pics make it look like there is a very sharp adge between the light and dark area. I would guess the light is normal and the dark is discolored from some old dead skin that dried up and turned blackish in color.

Here's nicely colored sav neck/jaw. This photo is from proexotics.com where this book is sold. Get it, it's a MUST HAVE for sav owners!

 
Old 10-28-2009, 10:45 PM   #15
AtrociousOne
when i got him he was rather dark. now there's just a white splotch on his "chin" area. his pattern hasn't gone away, it's very light colored, almost white. it's almost like his entire body is peeling. i have another sav about 14 inches and he's MUCH lighter than my baby. so i assumed it was some sort of full body shed as they age. but i just wanted to make sure it was something normal.
 
Old 10-28-2009, 10:53 PM   #16
Mike@boakingdom.com
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when i got him he was rather dark. now there's just a white splotch on his "chin" area. his pattern hasn't gone away, it's very light colored, almost white. it's almost like his entire body is peeling. i have another sav about 14 inches and he's MUCH lighter than my baby. so i assumed it was some sort of full body shed as they age. but i just wanted to make sure it was something normal.
With proper husbandry, it'll recover. With monitors, stuck sheds are not just a simple humidity issue as with snakes and other lizards. When monitors have shed problems, the cause is usually inadaquate husbandry.

I highly recommend that book, it's really the best book on the market when it comes to monitor husbandry.

If you have any questions, I'm always very happy to help.
 
Old 10-29-2009, 12:26 AM   #17
AtrociousOne
ok, what substrate would be best? i have sand in now, but have come to decide that it's not very good lol
 
Old 10-29-2009, 01:35 PM   #18
Mike@boakingdom.com
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ok, what substrate would be best? i have sand in now, but have come to decide that it's not very good lol
Without a doubt, a sand & top soil mixture is the best and most widely used by monitor keepers. Keep is slightly damp too.

They are not arboreal, but they do climb and love elevated areas.







 
Old 10-29-2009, 01:40 PM   #19
AtrociousOne
ok, thank you. i just didn't know what to mix the sand with.
 
Old 10-29-2009, 01:53 PM   #20
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ok, thank you. i just didn't know what to mix the sand with.
Plain top soil.
 

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