Hey guys, A couple of days ago I had to take my ackie to a specialist vet in the Gold Coast. We had a consultation and a fairly routine chat about husbandry ect. When he asked me what temps I keep my enclosure at. I told him I keep the ambient temps above 30 and the basking temps on the basking rocks are around 50 degrees Celsius. He thought I was cooking my monitor at these temps and I just told him simply that those were the temps I have been using for years after reading many detailed and reputable husbandry guides. I also know that these little ridge tails can take basking spot temps of up to 70. He continued to tell me that there is no where in the wild that is reaches these sort of basking temperatures. And he also said that they would likely burn if they touched a rock at these sort of temperatures. I didn't want to say any more as he seem to think I was questioning his knowledge. But I do remember seeing something on here about monitors being very burn resistant and don't burn even when laying on 50 + degree rocks. The vet told me that the body temp of goannas should be kept around 40 Celsius. Also he kept referring to the species just using the term goannas. Not sure if other goannas require lower temps than ridge tails and maybe that's why he was confused. But he did seem pretty damn sure and even told me that there is alot of rubbish information out there in husbandry guides. what do you guys think? I know I'm not cooking my lizard, that is ridiculous but this vet has got me thinking.. Does any one know What temperatures ranges occur around where these guys come from in the wild(mt Isa, Alice springs ect) what sort of basking rock temps are occurring out in the deserts of aus?