Origin

V. exanthematicus occur in Africa, ranging from Senegal to Sudan . They live in burrows on grasslands in close proximity to water. Despite the grasslands being an arid environment, a savannah monitor is not a desert species, so they should not be housed in a desert-style terrarium. That will be too dry. In the wild, their burrows are about 30 -33 degrees Celsius and the humidity levels are very high.

Almost all specimens in the pet trade are wild-caught and originally from Ghana . It is frequently said that the animals are 'farm-bred' but this is nonsense or misleading. Pregnant females are caught and the eggs are hatched. Weak females are then abandoned. The hatchlings, therefore, are not 'captive-bred,' in my humble opinion. They are simply 'wild-caught.
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