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Ackie Monitor Help and Advice

Ackie Monitor Help and Advice

'Ackie Monitor' (scientific name: Varanus acanthurus)
Intermediate level challenge
Ackie monitors, also referred to as "ackies," are lizards measuring 24 inches in length, featuring a slim body that resembles a snake. The reptile has a pointed mouth, a slender nose, and a tail that resembles a whip with uneven edges. Its coloration includes a light pattern that resembles eye-shaped spots on its body. The background color is reddish or brownish, darker in comparison, and there are light stripes on the head and neck. These lizards are endemic to the northwest region of Australia, where they have a preference for arid and periodically dry climatic conditions. In arid environments, there are abundant rocks, boulders, and frequently, spinifex grass. When they are not busy sunbathing or resting When hunting, ackies choose to take refuge in burrows and crevices among rocks. Ackies are sociable small monitor lizards ideal for individuals who are fond of the renowned social nature of monitor lizards. People who want a pet that is smart and energetic, but are inclined towards getting a smaller animal, often consider this type. It is common knowledge that these creatures can live for a minimum of 15 years under human care. Take care. r>. Grocery List The enclosure measures 5 feet in length, 2.5 feet in width, and 4 feet in height. It includes a substrate dam that ranges from 12 to 24 inches.
• Heat lamp with two domes and ceramic sockets.
• Two PAR38 halogen flood bulbs with a wattage of 100w each.
• 2 lamp dimmers
Stack Retes
- Multiple sizable sections of flagstone or slate tile - Several substantial flagstone or slate tile pieces - A number of big flagstone or slate tile sections - Various large flagstone or slate tile blocks
2x2 wood spacers
Wooden stilts
• Device with probes for measuring both temperature and humidity, using digital technology.
• Temperature gun, also known as an infrared thermometer
• A desert UVB bulb measuring 34 inches in length, with a high output, such as the ones offered by Curalux . 36-inch T5 HO lighting unit with a reflector .
• LED or fluorescent plant light with a size of 46-48 inches and colour temperature ranging from 6000 to 7000 Kelvin. Surge protector equipped with a digital timer A 12-24 inch layer of sand substrate that is free from impurities (refer to the substrate section for further information).
• Objects that enhance the environment (camouflaging structures, tree trunks, branches, flora, stones, etc.)
- H2O bowl
• Supplement containing calcium powder (with a lower amount of vitamin D3)
• Powdered supplement containing multiple vitamins
• Feeding tweezers with a gentle tip
have a spacious enclosure to meet their needs for burrowing, as Ackie monitors are energetic lizards.
The enclosure for the animal should have minimum dimensions of 5 feet in length, 2.5 feet in width, and 4 feet in height, and it should also include a substrate dam that is 12 to 24 inches tall. Bigger is
better The enclosure must have a front-opening design in order to enable easy access, and it should also provide sufficient ventilation.

Is it possible to keep multiple ackie monitors together?
Yes, it is not necessary for their well-being, and a bigger enclosure is needed to minimize the danger of injury.
brawling and harm. If you lack experience with ackie monitors or are unwilling to separate them,
If conflict arises, it is recommended to separate them into separate enclosures, with each enclosure only housing one ackie.
Light & UVB
Ackie monitors are active during the daytime because they are diurnal. This implies that
Bright white light in their surroundings energizes them, and they need intense UVB lighting to stay alive.
Lights should be used for 12 hours every day, or adjusted seasonally to 13 hours per day during the summer, and
11 hrs/day in winter.
UVB Light
from the light source plays a crucial role.' 'Obtaining the correct UVB intensity (measured by the UV Index or UVI) can be challenging due to the significant impact of distance between the light source and the subject.'
and the possibility of mesh blockage needs to be taken into account. In order to offer the suitable amount of UVB, it is necessary to have a single unit measuring 60 inches in length, 30 inches in width, and a specific height that is omitted in the given sentence.
In order to house a 48-inch ackie monitor, you will require a 34-inch 36w 10% bulb, which should be positioned on the side of the enclosure that is warmer.
closed space
To position the basking platform correctly:
• Place the UVB lamp above the mesh, with a distance of 7-9 inches between the basking area and the UVB lamp. The UVB lamp should be positioned under the mesh, with the basking area located about 12-15" below the lamp.
These suggestions are estimation-derivations relying on accessible information. To achieve optimal outcomes, it is recommended to utilize a Solarmeter.
6.5 in order to ascertain the optimal positioning for attaining a UVI ranging from 4.0 to 6.0 in the designated sunning spot.
The basking platform should be positioned nearest in order to establish the desired range of temperatures and UVB levels.
expose the enclosure to the heat and UVB lamps. You will be required to generate a unique form of sunbathing platform.
For optimal outcomes, utilize a technology infrastructure known as a Retes Stack. To get guidance, go to
According to experts, it is recommended to have a bright light that has a colour temperature ranging from 6000-7000K for maintaining an essential aspect of wellbeing.
daytime species active active and exhibit greater vitality compared to those without this extra lighting.'
more alert and active compared to those who do not have it, and also show a stronger appetite.
You will require two separate lamps as full-spectrum lighting and reptile UVB lighting are distinct from each other. The
Both the  LED Bar and the Glow & Grow are outstanding lamps that serve this purpose admirably.
Being warm-blooded, humans possess an inherent ability to regulate their body temperature. Ackie
environments in order to regulate their body temperature.'
temperatures to maintain their body temperature. Ackies prepare for activity by exposing themselves to the sun's warmth in '
the wilderness When kept in confinement, they thrive when provided with a pair of halogen heat lamps.

  • Temperature on the surface for sunbathing: 158-172°F / 70-78°C.
  • The ambient temperature on the warmer side: 84-100°F / 29-38°C.
  • The ideal temperature range for the cool side is between 75 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit or 24 to 28 degrees Celsius.

In general, having 100w PAR38 halogen flood bulbs should be sufficient to accomplish the desired basking.
temps. Nevertheless, in the event that you observe that they are becoming excessively hot, use a plug-in lamp to decrease the temperature.
dimmer. If the temperature of your basking area is not warm enough, it will be necessary to use bulbs with a higher wattage.
To provide the required basking environment for your ackie, you must build a distinctive basking platform known as a Retes stack. This is it
A pile of flat wooden or stone pieces stacked with spacers in between to form safe gaps for your ackie.
Can experience a sense of safety while simultaneously selecting the precise temperature it desires to enjoy.
To determine the temperature of the surface where an animal basks, employ an infrared thermometer, also known as temp gun To
passive monitoring of the temperature when basking by utilizing a digital probe thermometer, which is positioned on the
sunbathing area beneath the heat emitter. people are satisfied with its performance.''The Etekcity 774 proves to be an effective infrared thermometer, meeting the expectations and garnering contentment from the majority of users.'
The digital probe thermometers from the reptile brand work effectively.
Acknowledged monitor lizard enclosures should provide a diversity of humidity levels in the atmosphere, ranging from a typical air moisture level to a
Humidity levels range from 20 to 50%, but can reach up to 80% in underground areas. Digital devices should be used to measure levels of humidity.
hygrometers with probes, one positioned in the center of the enclosure on the ground, and the '
Additionally, the probe is positioned within the primary burrow. Increase the moisture level by adding water to the substance.
Your ackie is likely to experience dehydration and difficulties shedding if the humidity is low, especially inside its burrow.
Ackie monitors are at their optimum health and happiness when they reside on a substrate (also known as a surface/bedding). "bedding" that '
recreates the environment found in their native habitat, characterized by sandy and highly porous soil. enclosure should be a mixture of sand and soil, with a ratio of about 70% sand
The recommended material for the enclosure is fine sand or sandy soil, which should be densely packed at a depth of 12-18 inches. It is even better if the depth can be increased further, if feasible. require a minimum of 18" of substrate due to their egg-laying requirements.
Need 18"+
'Jurassic Natural Australian Desert Dragon Habitat' refers to a designated area specifically created to resemble the natural habitat of Australian desert dragons in the Jurassic era.'Jurassic Reptile Substrate' is a type of bedding material used for reptile habitats that resembles the ground surface found during the Jurassic era.specific brand of reptile sand produced by the company Zoo Med, which is likely suitable for creating a natural and comfortable environment for reptiles.
The Bio Dude Terra Sahara is a suitable choice for substrate for ackie monitors. Good for play sand too.
An economical choice, although it may not provide the same level of durability for housing burrowing animals.
disposed of as soon as possible to maintain a clean and hygienic environment.'
replaced. Depending on your requirements, it is recommended to replace the substrate entirely every 6 to 12 months.
Environmental enrichment is vital to your ackie's enclosure, and decorations play a significant part in providing it. Enhancement
Products promote physical activity, trigger your pet’s innate instincts, and contribute to their overall wellness.
And naturally, they enhance the appearance of the enclosure as well! Here's a few:

  • Cork trunks
  • Cork flats' -> 'Cork apartments
    Strong limbs
    • Plants that are either living or artificial
    • Ridges
    • 3D backdrop

Ackie monitors are insectivorous, implying that they rely mainly on insects as their primary source of nutrition.
their physical needs. The frequency of their meals varies according to their age.
• Newborns and young animals (0-6 months old) — every day
• For young adults and fully grown individuals aged over 6 months, the recommended frequency of the activity is once every second day.
• Females capable of reproduction — on a daily basis
Hatchlings and juveniles should be provided with unlimited food, as they require sufficient energy and nutrients to grow and develop properly.
sustain progress. Give subadults and adults an amount of food that is approximately equal to what they can consume in a span of five minutes.
10 min. Pregnant females should be permitted to consume unlimited amounts of food.
Providing a diverse range of food options is crucial in ensuring a nutritious and well-balanced diet for your pet ackie. Offer a diverse range of food options
You have the ability to do so, and as a result, you will receive a happier and healthier pet that eagerly anticipates mealtime.
Types of insects that are commonly used as food for other animals include crickets, dubia roaches, discoid roaches, red runner roaches, and black soldier fly larvae.
mealworms, superworms, darkling beetles, hornworms, silkworms, grasshoppers, centipedes, and scorpions.
Occasionally, small feeder anoles/geckos can also be provided as food for vertebrate predators.
You will require a specific dietary plan to make sure your ackie receives sufficient vitamins and minerals to meet their requirements.
powder containing calcium and a powder containing various vitamins, or a high-quality all-in-one powder.
There are numerous choices available, however,  reliable all-in-one options.
lizard vitamins. In order to achieve optimum results, it is important to follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer.
Every living organism on Earth requires water, even those that inhabit desert regions. Ackie screens are watched.
All animals, without any exclusion, should be provided with unrestricted availability to a shallower dish filled with pure, uncontaminated water every day.