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Old 12-06-17, 06:09 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Red ackie monitor

Originally Posted by DJC Reptiles View Post
Ackie Monitors are a fantastic species to keep. They can be maintained on a pure rodent diet but, it can be pretty unhealthy for them to do so. I would not recommend keeping them on a pure rodent diet, ackie monitors in particular thrive on a diet of roaches and crickets. Without those things in their diet it can be hard to maintain them properly. If you can't feed insects I wouldn't recomend keeping ackie monitors. Insects provide vital sources of nutrition without the worry of extra fats and fur. Rodents are essential in the diet of most monitors, but, in my opinion should not be the only thing you feed ackie monitors (although there should be some rodents in their diet). If you are serious about getting one, I highly suggest you start to breed a dubia roach colony, they are easy to maintain and not problematic. You should never get an ackie monitor just because they look "cool" be aware that these lizards are very intelligent and should be given the best care possible. There should never be short cuts that are better for you and not your animal. For any more information please check out my ackie monitor care sheet.
Hi, it`s genuinely nice to see you posting again, but please do not refer other beginners to "your" caresheet which contains some seriously poor advise. Rodents per se are NOT "essential" for most monitor species, though obviously they can form a decent percentage of the captive diet for some.
You have already mentioned that you do not have any personal experience keeping any varanid species, surely that means everything you suggest is pure hearsay?
Instead of offering advise at this time, why not learn more by asking questions and perhaps getting some of that "personal experience"? Thanks!
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