Ackie Monitor Pictures 2 Overview The varanus acanthurus is a medium sized member of the subgenera Odatria. The Red Ackie acanthurus acanthurus can reach lengths of 24 to 30 inches. It usually has a longer tail and is a reddish brown color. While the Yellow acanthurus brachyurus is usually 15 to 24 inches in length, is a yellowish brown color and has a more slender body compared to the Reds. They are found in dry areas throughout Western Australia, Northern Territory, and parts of Queensland.
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Ackie Monitor Pictures 2 Overview The varanus acanthurus is a medium sized member of the subgenera Odatria. The Red Ackie acanthurus acanthurus can reach lengths of 24 to 30 inches. It usually has a longer tail and is a reddish brown color. While the Yellow acanthurus brachyurus is usually 15 to 24 inches in length, is a yellowish brown color and has a more slender body compared to the Reds. They are found in dry areas throughout Western Australia, Northern Territory, and parts of Queensland. Living near rocky outcroppings, they will retreat into crevices and puff up their bodies to wedge themselves between the rocks when frightened.
They live in humid burrows which are dug deep to escape the midday heat and control their hydration and temperature levels. Purchasing There are many avenues to purchasing an Ackie. It depends on your intended purpose of the monitor. If you are looking to breed, then your best avenue would be to find a reputable breeder. Many Ackies that you will find in the classifieds could contain breeders stock that they are selling off because they are past their prime for breeding purposes.
These specimens will still make a great pet. They would not be a good investment for breeding purposes however. Pet stores may also be a good avenue for your purchase, but these reptiles need to be checked over well. Unfortunately, there are many pet stores that keep their animals in less than favorable conditions.
Usually the cost will reflect the quality of the monitor. A cheap buy may often end up costing more down the road because of unexpected vet bills.
The enclosure should be fully set up and functioning before any purchase is made. Digital thermometers or Temp Guns should be used to accurately check temperatures. Hydration There are two ways to ensure your Ackies are hydrated properly. One is to soak them weekly in warm water. The depth should be no higher than the shoulder, so their heads can be held above the water.
This should not be done with babies. Rather put them in a container with soaking wet paper towels. Another way which is probably more natural is a heavy misting a few times a week. Regularly hydrating your Ackie will greatly aid in ridding the toes of those stuck sheds. Temperatures Perhaps the best thing you can do for any reptile is to provide as many different temperature gradients as possible.
This will enable your monitor to be able to pick the exact temperature they require. A good range of gradients is F on the cool side with a basking site of F. Keep it a little lower for hatchlings around F. The basking site is only about the size of the Ackies body. Too small of an area can lead to burns from the monitor not being able to use the heat properly. Too large of an area will keep the enclosure too hot, resulting in death.
As stated before in basking sites the Retes stack is an excellent way to provide temperature gradients. Position a halogen or flood light above it directing the beam straight down. The halogens are probably the best source for heating. They operate more efficiently and are cheaper than special reptile heat lamps or ceramic heat emitters purchased from retail reptile stores.
They also usually last much longer as well. Ideally the bulb should be between 45 and 75 watts depending on the height it is to be suspended from the basking site. Move them closer or farther away to achieve the recommended basking temperature. Another way would be to wire the bulbs into a dimmer and simply adjust the dimmer to the recommended temps. Do not simply throw in a watt bulb thinking this will solve all your heat requirements.
It will quickly dry out the air in the enclosure. You should be able to regulate the temperature in your monitors enclosure with just the one basking light and some vents. The most common light period being used is 12hrs on and 12hrs off. This brings us back to the importance of proper hide areas and substrate that they can burrow. If these are provided light is not as big of an issue.
They will return to their burrows or hides around the same time regardless of the lights being on or not. The temps should remain the same with the lights off.
This will allow the monitors to regulate temps even at night. Feeding In short, crickets, pinkie mice, superworms, mealworms, silkworms and ground turkey. There are some that feed canned dog food but this usually leads to loose stools. Whole prey is a much better choice. Crickets should make up the bulk of the diet especially for hatchlings. Mice and ground turkey should only be offered once a week. I suggest feeding pre-killed mice.
There is a certain thrill I guess to be had by watching your Ackie kill, but live appropriately sized mice for Ackies is usually hard to find. Once they like live they might not want anything else.
Other exotic foods are often offered as well. Like crustaceans, goldfish and other hard to get insects. These have the same problem as feeding live mice.
Keep it simple with the previously mentioned diet and your Ackie will have all the nutrition they need. Meals should be supplemented with a vitamin D3 enriched mineral supplement nearly every feeding. Feeding Frequency A hatchling Ackie has a huge appetite and should be fed as much as they want until they lose interest. They grow quickly and need a lot of food so as not to stunt their growth. Ackies should not be fed meat until they are sub-adults.
As Ackies increase with age their the amount of food they require subsides. Some never lose their massive appetite. But as an adult they have stopped growing and their appetites should be curbed. It is often not necessary to feed every day.
You want your Ackie to be healthy. Housing Considerations You should have the habitat created and functioning before buying any reptile. The temperatures should be set and checked as well to ensure everything is ready.
Owning a infrared temp gun or a digital thermometer with a probe is great for monitoring temps to insure they are proper. The enclosure is a very important part of monitor husbandry. It must be able to maintain levels of heat and humidity. It is best to plan out your enclosure on paper to make sure all necessary components will fit, such as adequate furnishings and basking areas.
The enclosure must be large enough as well to provide adequate temperature gradients. It also must be able to facilitate a substrate that will enable the monitor to burrow. For Ackies the enclosure could be one you build yourself. However many breeders use metal stock tanks that can be purchased at farm supply stores.
Aquariums are not the best enclosure to use for Ackies. They do not hold heat and humidity very well. As well the glass is not strong enough to hold inches of substrate. They may be used for hatchlings but do not use the available screen lids. Replace them with plexi-glass. The screen will let all the humidity out thus endangering the life of your monitor.
It also inhibits the Ackies to shed properly. Many Ackies have lost toes and even died due to dried out enclosures. Do not use the collapsible screen enclosures.
They will quickly rip apart the screening and it is very difficult to keep heat and humidity in these as well. The enclosure should be kept as clean as possible. Any feces should be removed when found. The top layer of the substrate can be removed every week or so. Learn more about housing your ackie dwarf monitor on our housing page, located here: Housing Ackie Monitors Navigation.
Ackie Monitors (Varanus acanthurus) Care Sheet
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.
Spiny-Tail Monitor Ackie (Varanus acanthurus) Care Sheet
Always do your own research, and decide what is best for you. This care sheet should cover both yellow and red ackie monitors. Overview Ackie monitors can make great pets, but only for the right person. Natural Habitat Ackie monitors or Spiny Tailed monitors are found throughout Australia in dry, arid regions. They spend the majority of their time in small, moist burrows. They mainly only exit their burrows to search for food or to bask.