The Ridge Tail Monitor or Ackie
Species: (varanus acanthurus acanthurus)" Red Ackie"
(Varanus acanthurus brachyurus) "Yellow Ackie"
From northwestern Australia ,this small monitor(16-28 inches) belongs to the sub genus odatria .They live in arid to semi arid regions. They have a thick spiny tail used to wedge itself in rock crevices making it very difficult for predators to get them out.
Ackie's have become a popular pet because of their size ,temperament and relative ease to care for
They may cost more then the larger, more regularly available monitors in the pet trade,but they are by far one of the most rewarding monitors to keep.
They don't eat huge rats or chickens,don't need 8 foot enclosures and cant take your hand off if bitten.
Their cost in the long run is much less then larger monitor lizards,because of the simpler diet and space requirements.
If you are looking for the perfect monitor,look no further.
Owning an ackie is like having a komodo dragon in a much smaller package.
Check out the care sheet for more info.