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Ackie Monitor Questions.

Discussion in 'Monitors' started by Arow16, Jun 4, 2018.

  1. Arow16

    Arow16 Active Member

    Hello All,

    I had a few questions.

    I am trying to diversify my two monitors diet and add in some ground turkey and eggs.

    How would you prepare those? Like is ground turkey fine being served raw to them? Should I cook the turkey? How should I give them chicken eggs?

    I would appreciate any feedback.

  2. murrindindi

    murrindindi Elite Member

    Hi, stick to whole prey whether invert or vertebrate, no need for turkey/other mixes or lean meats.
  3. Darkbird

    Darkbird Elite Member

    If you want to diversify the diet, look for more types of bugs to give them, the turkey is just pointless without supplements, and those are pure guesswork and potentially harmful if given in excess. Mine get crickets and roaches as a staple, along with whatever other bugs I can pick up at the local show, usually superworms, horn worms, a few wax worms once in a while, and so on. The crickets and roaches are usually gut loaded and I very occasionally dust the crickets with a multivitamin, just hoping to cover a little of anything I might be missing. Mine also gets African soft fur fuzzies since I breed them and that's then only rodent I have found they can easily swallow other than mouse pinks, with are nutritionally deficient. And the rodents are more like treats than a large portion of the diet.
  4. Arow16

    Arow16 Active Member

    Hi guys thanks for the reply,

    My two ackies had a fight so I had to take them to the vet (they're now separated), but the vet recommended I diversify their diet with things like eggs, ground turkey and maybe pinkies. Right now I use roaches and crickets as a staple and that's pretty much the extent of what I feed them. I just want to make sure they're growing normally (I believe one is 45 grams and the other is 47 grams and they are both roughly 5-7 months old).
  5. murrindindi

    murrindindi Elite Member

    You can offer quail eggs on occasion (better raw).
    Can you show a few photos of the enclosures and give details of the conditions?
  6. Arow16

    Arow16 Active Member

    Yea I posted pics in a post a few months ago. Ill post the enclosure in the current conditions. I have a divider in the middle temporarily while I fix up a second enclosure (same dimensions as the one shown in the pic). Usually both Halogen bulbs are on the right side of the enclosure, not at each end.

    The enclosure is 72" L x 31" W x 48" H. There is room for 24" of substrate. The basking temps are around 130-140F. The lowest temps away from the halogen bulbs are low to mid 70s. I mist once daily. The humidity usually holds in the 70-80% range. There is about 15 inches of depth for the top soil. I also have a shop light on during the day. I forget what the number is, but its the closest bulbs I could find at Home Depot/Lowes to daylight. Feel free to give me even the smallest of criticism. I want to make sure I am taking care of them the best I can.

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  7. murrindindi

    murrindindi Elite Member

    I like the enclosure very much although it would be even better if the monitor/s could make more use of the above ground space... Do you have any idea of gender of them both? Edit: Do you have a reasonably accurate length measurement of the monitors?
  8. Arow16

    Arow16 Active Member

    Sorry for delayed reply.

    I will have more stuff above ground once I move in a few weeks. To early to tell the gender.

    I would say the monitors are roughly 12 inches head to end of tail.
  9. murrindindi

    murrindindi Elite Member

    This species can go from egg to egg in 6 months or slightly less, meaning they could already be sexually mature (sexual maturity is more to do with size than age).
  10. Arow16

    Arow16 Active Member

    Well we took a look a week ago at the vet and she said she could not tell. Although she was not an expert on this type of monitor.
  11. murrindindi

    murrindindi Elite Member

    How did the vet check gender?

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