Ackie Monitors can be a big commitment in every aspect - they are a large lizard so a minimum of a 6 x 2 x 2ft enclosure is recommended, and they are highly intelligent so extensive use of vivarium decor such as branches, logs, rocks and foliage should be used, and changed around every now and then. Monitors as a species also have the ability to learn and be trained! As well as this they have a good lifespan of around 20 years.
Your Ackie Monitor will require a basking temperature exceeding most commonly kept reptiles. Between 45-50C should be the hottest area of the enclosure, this will require a good quality heating system such as a basking bulb or ceramic fixture, and will need attaching to the relevant thermostat - not all thermostats will reach such a temperature so its important that you check this before purchase - a good example is Microclimates Evo Lite. The cooler end of the enclosure can be between 25-30C and all temperatures can be reduced at night to 25C - which will provide a night time drop naturally experienced in the wild habitat. Temperatures should always be measured using an accurate digital thermometer. It is also essential to provide good quality UVB to enable the Monitor to absorb and utilise key nutrients. A good example of a bulb to use would be Arcadias 12-14% T5 unit (the strength of the bulb would depend on the height of the enclosure). Any UV bulb used will also have a lifespan between 6 - 12 months (this will depend of brand), after which the UV will fade and no longer be benefiting the animal, so it is vital to change them. UV bulbs will be used in a 12 hour cycle, being switched off as the temperature drops into the night period.
Ackie Monitors will require a moderate amount of humidity in their environment. With such high temperatures, this can be a struggle, but regular spraying should be sufficient to keep it within the desired range of 50-65%. Humidity can be measured with an accurate digital hygrometer. Spraying will also ensure that the substrate doesn't become too loose to dig and burrow in, an important behaviour for the Ackie Monitor. Saying this, we still want to create a semi-arid environment so substrates that are sand based or sand mixes are best such as Lucky Reptiles Desert Bedding or ProReps Bio Life Desert - similar quality should be considered in any alternatives. A water dish should also be provided towards the cooler end of the vivarium, ensuring sufficient opportunity for hydration and bathing - this will need to be kept clean with a reptile safe disinfectant.
Ackie Monitors are a carnivorous species and would naturally have a varied diet. In captivity, they can be fed a variety of live food such as crickets, locust, cockroaches, worms, snails and beetle grubs, as well as the occasional frozen mammal or even eggs! these are great protein boosts but shouldn't be over fed to keep your monitor in weight. Any food provided will need supplementing with good quality calcium, multivitamins and D3. When dusted in a suitable routine, these will ensure the monitor gets all the required nutrition to stay healthy.
Swell SuperStore Ackie Monitor:
- Current Age/Size - 25 cm approx (12-15 cm approx snout to vent)
- Adult Expected Size - 2ft (60 cm)
- Habitat - Arid, woodland and scrub habitats in Australia. Terrestrial living
- Required Enclosure Size - 6 x 2 x 2ft
- UV Lighting - 4 - 6 UVI (T5 12% - enclosure height dependent)
- Expected Lifespan - 15-20 years
- Temperature Gradient - 25 - 50C
- Humidity Levels - 50 - 65%
- Feeding - Carnivores - Mainly live food such as crickets, locust, cockroaches, worms, snails and beetle grubs, as well as the occasional frozen mammal or even eggs
- Handling - Can be tamed down, but may prove a handful when in comes to keeping still!
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