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The savannah monitor is found naturally in Africa, mostly south of the Sahara Desert. The terrain includes deserts, savannahs, rainforests, mountains, and swamps. These lizards are also found in some coastal areas. Ranging in size from 2.5 to 4 feet in total length, these dark brown to cream-colored lizards usually make their home in termite mounds, underground burrows, under rocks, or in crevices. In these places, they can find refuge from both the environment and predators.
Humans are inarguably the greatest threat to savannah monitors, as they are hunted for their skin and meat, and they are sought after for the pet trade. In the wild, cats and dogs are also predators of savannah monitors, so take care that interactions between your pet monitor and pet cat and/or dog are closely monitored. Snakes are also natural predators of savannah monitors.