Dwarf monitors are some of the most interesting captive reptiles. Ackies are often compared to a Komodo Dragon in a small package. They are very inquisitive, active, and have great colors and patterns. They are certainly a great joy to keep for beginner monitor keepers and experienced ones alike. They are not a reptile that enjoys being held as perhaps Leopard Geckos and Bearded Dragons do. If it is a pet that you desire to have a lot of daily interaction with, then a monitor is not for you. This is not to say that they cannot be handled. Most of the captive Ackies can easily be tamed and will tolerate handling. Most of the joy to be had is in fact watching Ackies interact with each other in their environment.
Monitor husbandry is a little unique, unlike many other reptiles, where following certain guidelines is the answer to correct husbandry techniques. This care guide will certainly offer guidelines and direction to your Ackies setup and care, but each enclosure is definitely unique. You need to observe your monitor and make corrections as needed. Nearly all Ackies that you encounter will be captive bred. Australia's strict export laws prevent many Ackies from leaving the country.
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