ACKIE CARE

If you would like to add to this care sheet,please contact mike@ackiemonitor.com

 

 

One Or Two?

One is fine,but two is more fun for you and the monitors.

They are simply a joy to watch interact with each other.

Just make sure you get a pair that were hatched together or there could be problems.

If your going for a trio,try to get 2 females and one male.

There is a theory that suggests that hatchlings put together will decide their own gender for the betterment of the group.

So in theory if you buy 3 hatchling ackies,2 will be female and one a male.

If you buy two,one will be female and one male.

This is not in anyway scientifically proven,but there are many people who swear it actually works.

 

Red Or Yellow?

 

 

Red ackies cost more,tend to be a little bigger and maybe even a little fiestier.Some people claim the red ackies are more prone to biting,but as with most reptiles each one is different.

I have also seen red adult ackies smaller then yellow adults,so even size can vary.Just go for the color you like and remember there are yellow ackies that have plenty of red in them and are being sold as reds.Just try to avoid being ripped off.

SEXING

 

Hard to sex until about 9-10 months old,males have larger heads and bodies.Male's also have spurs by their vent which are usually larger and firmer then the females spurs.The females spurs also have a less firm feel to them,meaning they are not as rigid as the males.

 

ENCLOSURE

 

You want to build as big of an enclosure as possible,because they will use any space you provide them.That said, a 4x2 would work for a pair.You want it to be built strong enough to contain plenty of dirt as these guys love to dig.You also want to be able to retain humidity so there is no need for huge ventilation holes.

The best thing to do is build your own,there are plenty of web postings with ackie owners and their custom enclosures to give you ideas. The hardest part about custom enclosures is the doors.

Front opening doors seem to be the best for viewing and gives you the ability to stack enclosures .

Again there are plenty of sites on the internet with peoples custom built enclosures,if you have links to your own enclosure you made send them to us and we will post them in this section.

 

SUBSTRATE

 

Dirt,and lots of it! They love to dig and create burrows.Keep the dirt moist enough so it doesn't crumble when they dig.The moist burrows will help with shedding.

Of course plain old dirt will work,but make sure it is pesticide free,and try to sift out the small rocks.

Hatchlings can be kept on something simpler like paper towels so you can monitor their eating defecating ect.

 

 

Heat And Light

 

Basking is essential for these guys.Give them options,don't just set a basking spot to 130 degrees and be done with it.

Provide a Retes stack ,which is basically a series of platforms stacked on top of each other ,so the monitor can climb and bask at different levels of warmth.Aim For 130-150 at highest.

130 may sound hot,but they will use that temp.They will also use 90,or 110 or any other temp.

Keep ambient temps at around 80.

The whole idea is to give them options just like in the wild.

As far as UVB lighting,it is a debated topic but most feel it is not necessary for monitors.It wont hurt them so if you prefer to provide them with some uvb by all means do so.

Some people do a 12 hour light cycle.12 hours of light and 12 hours dark .Others just leave the lights on 24/7.

The ackies will sleep no matter which you choose.If no lighting at night is provided,just try and keep the temps at 75 and above.

 

Feeding

 

This is one of the fun parts of owning ackies!They love to chase prey,and they will get used to you feeding them,so much so they may scratch at the glass when you enter the room waiting for "the food god" to feed them.

Crickets,roaches make great prey items for them.Give them a good calcium dusting(I recommend Miner-all).

Pinky mice can be offered but only to larger sub adult or adults.

Ground turkey is another option,but shouldn't be a staple,maybe a once aweek thing.

Mealworms,super worms work well also.

Hatchling ackies will eat everyday,and should be fed as much as they can stuff down their throat.

As they get older and bigger every other day would be fine.

 

Breeding

Coming soon

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on February 22, 2010 by Admin