Native to Africa, savannah monitors are adapted to dry and hot environments. They are so adapted that even their feeding habits changes depending on the season. During the wet season, the savannah monitor can consume almost one tenth of its body weight. When the weather becomes dry, they will began to fast. They live off of the fat reserves from the wet season. The savannah monitor prefers to eat the poisonous millipedes as a tasty snack. It will rub its chin over the millipede in order for the millipede to emit its fluid and rub off the poison.
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Location: This animal is not on exhibit. It is part of our educational collection and may only be seen in programs inside or outside of the zoo.
Arrived at EPZ: Rodney - 2016; Karen - 2012/2013