Ackie Monitor

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  1. DaReptileBoy

    DaReptileBoy Well-Known Member

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    Hey Guys/Girls

    I want to get an ackie monitor but I was just wondering what size enclosure do they need when full grown and also can they eat crickets or should I feed them mice etc.

    Any Info on Them Would be Great

    Cheers
    DRB

    or they are known as a ridge tailed monitor
     
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    saximus Almost Legendary

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    Ridge-Tailed Monitor is their common name. The nickname "Ackie" comes from their scientific name - Varanus acanthurus.
    For size, since you're in Sydney, you would need something around 0.9m x 1.2m to meet the new enclosure regulations.
     
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    DaReptileBoy Well-Known Member

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    ok cool im getting a hatchling next year but I want to know cage requirements so I can start building a sweet tank for when its older, and I will keep it in a click clack while its young
     
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    DaReptileBoy Well-Known Member

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    Oh and what stage licence do you need for them im going onto my grade 2 licence this year as I have been keeping reptiles for 9 years
     
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    There is a great spreadsheet/thread on here on how to calculate enclosure sizes it called CoP Enclosure Spreadsheet :D
     
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    Thank you BeZaKa :)
     
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    saximus Almost Legendary

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    They are class 1.

    Don't take this the wrong way but it sounds like you need to do a lot more research before getting one. Make sure you do lots of reading between now and next year.
     
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    Thank Saximus, its his baby ;)
     
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    DaReptileBoy Well-Known Member

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    Yes I know that Saximus I thought I would just ask on here aswell :) and I have a year before I buy it at the castle hill expo next year
     
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    true that its going to be my first monitor so im pretty excited
     
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    I feel like I'd be negligent if I didn't point out that monitors need different heating to other snakes and lizards. Specifically; hotter. Just because this is a minimal thread. I know there are heaps of other threads about monitors, and I'm sure you've got a book on monitors or something...

    As to your other question, all the caresheets I've read recommend small monitors eat a diet of primarily insects (with suplements) and can be complimented with things like mice. I'd like to clarify that I don't actually have experience, and you'd do well to buy some books or google some caresheets.
     
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    Was I the only one that read he was going to keep an ackie in a click clack...?
     
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    Nope.... I read that too.

    My 3 week olds went straight into a 1200x700x900mm enclosure when i brought them, they continued to eat well an i have had no need to put them in a small enclosure. Previous owner had the clutch housed in an enclosure around 800x400.

    Monitors are not geckos or snakes, they required a high temperature basking spot with a decent temperature gradient so that they can thermoregulate. I would highly advised to not be keeping them in a click clack of any size an to go into an enclosure that has been temperature tested for atleast 1 week prior to getting them.


    Rick
     
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    I meant when I was a baby I didn't relise they grew that dast
     
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    The main issue here isn't the size of the click clack, but the form of heating you intend to provide your hatchling (I am assuming you were thinking of using a heat mat or something similar if you intend to house it in a click clack). Monitors need 65+ basking temps, and this can only be achieved with a bulb!
     
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    DaReptileBoy don't get any species of monitor as of yet. You appear not to have the require basic understanding and knowledge of monitor husbandry that monitors (which are in my opinion a 'specialist' group of reptiles) require. Go get yourself some more geckos or skinks, they're all relatively basic in husbandry requirements and are still interesting and unique.
     
  17. Why?? He's doing his research before purchasing which is more than some.
     
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    While I agree that he may not be ready right now for a monitor and I have no experience with monitors but am trusting what you say about monitors being a specialist group of reptiles how will the op gain the experience required from keeping species that are not in the same specialty group?
     
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    I agree with Piblarensis. He needs to do his research, and the original post and further discussion makes it appear that DaReptileBoy has not done his research. He wants to make a "sweet tank", which I commend, however he hasn't even typed "ridge-tailed monitor care sheet" into google, or he'd know that they require a basking point temperature greater than I'd expect a plastic click-clack to withstand.

    My supporting statement:
    DaReptileBoy don't get any species of monitor as of yet.
    Do your research first.
     
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    Just remember we are talking about a 14 year old whose only previous experience with keeping reptiles is a bearded dragon, eastern water skink, thick-tailed gecko and leaf-tailed gecko. Based on his age I would imagine that he really has no more than 2 or 3 years of 'experience'.
    Give him time keeping species that have less specialist needs such as the more hardy species of geckos, commonly available skinks and dragons before progressing to a monitor species.
     
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