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I'm working on a project about savannah monitors for school and am struggling with finding any vitals like heart/respiratory rates, can you help?

Thanks in advance!

Hello Nikki,

Sure, let me check my medical books for that.  Did you need resting heart rates essentially?
Are you doing a report on Savannah monitors for high school or college?
I had not heard back from you.  How is your research going?
The information I must say is extremely limited!
What I have been able to find is that during managed or anesthetic managements, respiration is controlled at or around 20ml/kg or 10 breaths per minute.  The breaths per minute would be dependent on activity levels as well as body temperatures.
As far as the heart rate frequency, I found a chart which had information published for an alligator.  The heart rates are also dependent on the body temperature & was recorded at 38 beats per minute with a body temperature of 25C.
Thus, if the body temperature falls, the heart rate would fall accordingly since they are ectotherms.
I hope that helps out some.  Let me know how things are going with your report.



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I can answer questions pertaining to health, UVB specifics, overall husbandry care & supplementation, analysis of blood test results, and behavioral problems & handling. I can answer questions pertaining to bearded dragons, leopard geckos, iguanas, uromastyx & ball pythons. I can answer adeno virus related questions in bearded dragons, & then specifically about the testing methods as well. I am beginning an Pogona Adeno Testing Society in 2008 which will help to begin to start some standardization within the bearded dragon colonies of the breeders who choose to test.


I have been working with bearded dragons for over 5 years now, as well as leopard geckos, too. I am currently doing rescues, as well. I hope to be able to educate people prior to them purchasing an exotic pet in order to avoid any health crisis with them.

I have a master's degree in sports medicine & physiology, & 1 year of vet tech schooling, & am currently working on a reptile certification through the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council.

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