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August 17, 2001

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Rocky, the Pet of the Day
Name: Rocky
Age: One year, three months old
Gender: Unknown
Kind: Savannah Monitor Lizard
Home: Coral Gables, Florida, USA
   This is Rocky and he is a Bosc or better known as a Savannah Monitor Lizard. He kind is from the savannah grasslands of Africa. I purchased him a year ago when he was only six inches long from the tip of his snout to the tip of his tail. In a little over a year he has grown considerably and is currently measuring 30 inches and still growing. I refer to him as he because I believe he is a male, but I am not 100% sure.

    I have always owned different species of lizards and have always wanted a Savannah monitor, but was a bit afraid because of their large adult size. It has turned out great because he is more placid than most of my other lizards. He is extremely easy to take care of because he has a great appetite and eats almost anything with meat in it. He is potty trained so cleaning up after him is also very simple. He either uses his large water bowl or he waits for me to give him the run of the yard in order to go. He loves to hang out in the back yard and loves to dig around in the soil. I am currently building him what I hope will be the last enclosure he will live the rest of his life in because he has already outgrown two others. I am going to build this one extremely big just in case. I hope to have him for a very long time.

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