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    Baby won't eat outside of enclosure!!

    I have recently gotten a baby savannah monitor super healthy and eats almost anything you put in front of him I have had so many people tell me to never feed him in his enclosure but I have tried and it seems that is the only place he wants to eat he loves earthworms and crickets and I have tried offering others in the feeding space but nothing worked I have even left the room so maybe he wouldn't feel as uncomfortable but nope never ate I have been feeding in his enclosure since that is the only place he will eat and I don't wanna starve him I would love some taming tips as well as a feeding chart for baby's if anyone has one I have seen so many different versions of what he can and should eat at what times for now I am sticking to a couple earthworms or crickets a day and if he seems really hungry I may add one or two more some people have told me I am feeding him to much others that its to less and some that say it's perfect thanks in advance

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    I don't keep monitors, but this is what I do know based on what experienced savvie keepers say:

    Their diet should consist of mainly insects, vertebrates, etc. A variety of different kinds in large numbers that allow lots of hunting behavior to keep them fit and in shape. Growing your own colony is highly recommended to save on costs. Obesity and bad diets shorten their lifespan drastically. Insects provide good, non-fat protein. Lots of it is good for them. That also means you must feed a lot of it. Avoid feeding mice prey or use it as an occasional treat.

    I never heard of not feeding it inside the enclosure. In fact, it is the opposite, so they can dig and hunt their food. Someone else will confirm this. I guess the outside feeding is to help teach it not to associate you with food every time you visit its enclosure?

    Savvies that are available in the pet industry are wild caught. Captive bred babies are rare, if any. Taming them will take a lot of time, work, and the result may still not be as much of an improvement as one would expect, ie it learns to tolerate your presence vs being petted or held. Some have a great disposition and may even relax enough to allow handling, but those are exemptions rather the rule, and that is after months of taming work.

    I recommend watching vids from NERD and other breeders who keeps Savvies. Clint's Reptile made a YouTube video that was very informative.
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    Re: Baby won't eat outside of enclosure!!

    You were spot on so many people said that feeding them inside would lead to aggression I was really confused because he always loved to chase and run into his little hole with them it's so cute I have been feeding mostly insects as most of what I have heard was that they need a mostly insect diet in fact I have never fed him anything but insects yet as I think I will wait till he is a bit older to do that I know they aren't the "Puppy dog" Lizards everyone makes them out to be but I am willing to spend as much time as I need to get him at a point where he at least tolerates me If I wanted a puppy dog I should just get a puppy dog not a lizard If he ends up tame enough to sit and cuddle with that that would be amazing to but I don't expect that it will happen without months or maybe even a year or two of working with him thank you so much for your advise

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    Re: Baby won't eat outside of enclosure!!

    Feeding in the cage will not lead to aggression! Monitor lizards are highly food motivated so if the only time you open the cage is to feed them, then yes the lizard will be expecting food and will act accordingly. Frequent handling and target training will help keep your monitor calmer and more friendly. You can target train with either an object or a sounds. Brian Barczyk has a lot of videos of target training with monitors if you want to see how he does it.
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    Re: Baby won't eat outside of enclosure!!

    Thank you so much for the advise I will definitely check those out!

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    Hey there! Congrats on the new baby.

    The key here is patience. Let the monitor get comfortable with you and used to your scent. Dont' force handle it or disturb it while it is hiding, let it feel secure. Eventually the fear will wear off and curiosity will take over, when that happens it will be a lot more adventerous! Just keep working at it and be repetitive, they will learn.

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