black throat monitors
I am a monitor enthusiast having purchased a Savannah many years ago. A few months ago i purchases a baby captive bred black throat. A few weeks after i purchased him he stopped eating, became emaciated and was coughing and had alot of phlegm in his mouth when he opened it. I took him to a vet who gave him a shot of batril and water (to hydrate) and gave me batril to take home and administer it 2X a day by mouth. He got better in two weeks, then a week after that started having the same symptoms. He started coughing which turned into choking and died soon after. I was heartbroken and going broke cause i paid $200 for him. A few weeks later i dissinfected the cage, purchased new logs and water bowls, etc. and purchased a wild black throat. I had him for several months, and this one started to grow rapidly. He grew about 4 inches in those months, then last week he started to have phlegm in his mouth, started coughing and making the same noises as the last one. I informed my pet shop where i have been going for almost 10 years that i thought this one was dying on me too. Well, the next day i came home and he was dead. this is the second one and he also cost me $200 not to mention vet bills, housing and food. I dont know what i did wrong. Someone suggested getting a hotter heat lamp which i did, i got a 100 watt and kept it on all day. I've had my savannah monitor for 5 years and hes doing great. i was told to vary the diet, and i feed the savannah ( and i fed the blackthroats) crickets, meal worms, cooked eggs with the shell for calcium and raw fish and they eat all of it. What did i do wrong with the black throat. my heart is broken, please help!!!!!