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Savannah and Grassland Monitors: From the Experts at Advanced Vivarium Systems [Paperback]

Robert George Sprackland
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Jan. 1 2001 The Herpetocultural Library
Monitors are among the most popular lizards kept in captivity, and this colorful guide provides information on the two most commonly seen species, savannah monitors and grassland monitors. Due to the intelligence and relative easy care needs of these lizards, they are favored by beginning herpetoculturists, though great emphasis must be placed on responsible ownership of these beautiful, but delicate animals. Savannah & Grassland Monitors, written by lizard expert Robert George Sprackland, PhD, provides guidelines for keepers who wish to add a monitor to their vivarium. The chapter called “Taxonomy” gives an excellent summary of monitor species, including the African species, of which the savannah (or Bosc’s) monitor and white-throat monitor are examples, and the Asian species,including the Komodo dragon and the Argus, Bengal, Indian, and gold monitors. This Advanced Vivarium Systems title includes information about selecting a healthy example of the selected species, quarantine and acclimation considerations, handling, housing needs, water and feeding, as well as solid advice about keeping monitors healthy and thriving. A separate chapter on diseases and disorders provides a complete primer on the health needs and veterinary care of these rewarding reptiles.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Good lord! People can publish anything! May 21 2003
Format:Paperback
Robert thinks that just because he reads something, he can spit it back out. This book by an "expert" is putrid; the care described would be considered abuse by most varanid enthusiasts. Not to mention there are many mislabeled photos etc.
I am shocked this got published. It really shows how ignorant the general public is about reptiles... they seem to just accept the information because it is published by a PhD.
Reading this, and considering it good is like reading a children's book about a construction company, and trying to builda house with it. Completely wacky info, everything mislabeled, a recipe for disaster. Get Daniel's fantastic Savannah Monitor book instead!
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This book is just like "Giant Lizards" lousey info on captive care, mislabeled pictures, just like the other "petstore monitor books". Not worth buying if you want to read on captive care of monitors, go elsewhere for that, as someone else stated by standards of real varanid keepers its abuse.
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I liked this book. For a change there is a book about monitors that is not just about keeping them as pets. I like reading about the lizards in their natral habitats. The price is also good, so I hope the author puts out books about the other kinds of monitors too.
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