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  1. antaresia_boy

    antaresia_boy Suspended Banned

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    Hey all.
    I've been wanting to get a monitor of some sort for a while now, and I've been thinking I would love a lace monitor, but didn't think I could keep them outside in Melbourne until a few days ago I saw that others did. So, I have a few questions :)
    First off, who keeps lace monitors outside in Melbourne or places with similar climates (and would there be a more appropriate monitor for my place?)
    If it was an outdoor enclosure, what else could I keep in the aviary? Water dragons? Blue tongues/stumpy tails? Turtles?
    What sort of heating would I need to keep them comfortable?
    Would they need to come inside for the winter?
    Hehe, sorry for the list, just need to be able to sell this to the parents :) well, appreciate any replies, I'm back to my good old friend google :)
    EDIT: If you think theres a more appropriate monitor for my area, please tell me!
    James.
     
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    You could never keep any other 'small' reptile with a Lace Monitor. Water dragons, Blue tongues/stumpy tails and possibly even small Turtles would end up as food. Lace Monitors are large and powerful predators.
     
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    mertens and mitchells on the other hand can be kept with turtles and waterdragons and even frillies, beardies and blueys
     
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    As mentioned. You cant keep anything with a lacie as it will soon be made into food. Also if you do plan to keep a lacie out doors in VIC, you will need to make a hotbox for it to spend its time in out of the cold. Aim for it to be around 35 - 40 degrees. Monitors love the heat but you need to maintain a safe temp for them as you dont want it to over heat either.
     
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    Did you say Lacies can over heat....
     
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    Any reptile has the possibility to overheat. Better to be safe than sorry dont you think?
    There is also the chance of contact burns if its to hot.
     
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    hmm, thanks everyone. Still really just deciding what monitor to get. The snakes are nice, but I'm interested in trying something else now :)
    If I had a hotbox would i be able to keep basically any monitor outside as long as they had that to warm up?
    and...What would you suggest as a first time monitor? my mum found out how big laceys get and is suddenly less keen...:p
    Thanks
     
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    Ackies are generally suggested as a good first time monitor. I'm after some though, so if you find someone who has them in melb PLEAAAASE let me know!
     
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