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Can Savannah monitors eat fish?

Savannah monitors are mainly insectivores (= they mosly eat insects), but they can also eat fish on occasion. As a matter of fact, fish is one of the best sources of lean protein you can feed to your Savannah monitor.

Savannah monitor and fish
Savannah Monitor vs Fish

When choosing the best fish for Savannah monitor, it is best to opt for small, whole freshwater fish such as perch, tilapia, catfish (in moderation) and sunfish. You can also offer them salmon fillets occasionally, keeping in mind that salmon has a slighly higher fat content.

Avoid feeding saltwater fish to Savannah monitors because of the high salt content. Limit consumptino of fish that is high in thiaminase (see list below).

Fish that contains thiaminase

  • Alewife
  • Anchovies
  • Olive Barb
  • White Bass
  • Black Quahog
  • Bowfin / Dogfish
  • Bream
  • Buckeye shiner
  • Buffalofish
  • Bull Head
  • Burbot
  • Burbot
  • Butterfish
  • Carp
  • Catfish
  • Clams
  • Fathead minnow
  • Garfish
  • Goldfish
  • Herring
  • Lamprey
  • Mackerel
  • Menhaden
  • Menhaden
  • Moray eel
  • Mussel
  • Razor belly / Scaled sardine
  • Sauger
  • Scallop 
  • Sculpin
  • Gizzard Shad
  • Spottail Shiner
  • Rainbow Smelt
  • Stoneroller
  • Common White Sucker
  • White bass
  • Whitefish

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