Several of these sources were helpful in the creation of this guide and can be used by the reader as additional sources of ackie monitor-specific information:
Ackie Monitor Keepers — (Facebook group) A good place to go for ackie monitor-specific questions, to check out what other keepers are doing, and interact with a like-minded community. Created by John Aromando (Professor Herp) and David Archer.
Ackie Monitor Fans — (Facebook group) Another good place to go for ackie monitor-specific questions, to check out what other keepers are doing, and interact with a like-minded community. Created by Jeff Easter (GIS Herps) and Josh Nugent.
“A Guide to Australian Monitors in Captivity” by Danny Brown— (Book) Published in 2012 and now out of print in every format except eBook, this has become something of a collector’s item for monitor keepers. It offers excellent advice on every facet of husbandry specific to Australian monitors, detailing what sets them apart from monitors from other parts of the world.
“Monitor Lizards: Natural History, Captive Care & Breeding” by Bernd Eidenmuller— (Book) This is published by Edition Chimaira, so you know it’s good. Thin enough to be digestible, thick enough to offer excellent insights into a variety of monitors including ackies.
“Reptiles & Amphibians of Australia, Updated Seventh Edition” by Harold G. Cogger — (Book) This is one hefty field guide, packed with detailed information on all Australian reptile and amphibian species described prior to October 2013 — including ackie monitors. Field guides are an invaluable resource for gathering the natural history information necessary to great reptile husbandry.
VivaCura — The Netherlands is known to have excellent husbandry standards for captive reptiles, and this website is a good example. Their ackie monitor page includes a good summary of ackie husbandry, plus an excellent distribution map for the three V. acanthurus subspecies and simple descriptions for each (which is surprisingly difficult to find).
Relevant Scientific Papers
Brown, D. (2008). A Case of Hermaphroditism in the Ridge Tailed Monitor (Varanus acanthurus) . Biawak, 2(2). http://varanidae.org/Vol_2_No_2_Brown.pdf
Brown, D. (2009). Hemipenal Transillumination as a Sexing Technique in Varanids. Biawak, 3(1). http://varanidae.org/Vol3_No1_Brown.pdf
Doody, J. S., Clulow, S., McHenry, C. R., Brown, M., Vas, G., & Canning, G. (2017). Varanus acanthurus (Spiny-tailed Monitor Lizard). Communal nesting, and commensalism. Herpetological Review, 48(1), 203. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/319035338_Varanus_acanthurus_Spiny-tailed_Monitor_Lizard_Communal_nesting_and_commensalism
Dryden, G., Green, B., King, D., & Losos, J.B. (1990). Water and energy turnover in a small monitor lizards, Varanus acanthurus. Australian Wildlife Research, 17, 641-646.
Horn, H.-G., & Visser, G. J. (1997). Review of reproduction of Monitor lizards Varanus spp in captivity II. International Zoo Yearbook, 1, 227–246. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1748-1090.1997.tb01214.x
Julander, J. (2010). Observation of a Wild Pair of Spiny-tailed Monitors (Varanus acanthurus) Engaged in Breeding Activity. Biawak, 4(4). http://www.varanidae.org/4-4_Julander.pdf
King, D. (2008). The Diet and Foraging Strategy of Varanus acanthurus. Biawak, 2(1). http://varanidae.org/Vol_2_No_1_King.pdf
Kuhn, P., & Julander, J. (1999). The Red Acanthurus Monitor Varanus acanthurus: A Giant Dwarf. The Vivarium, 10(3), 23–26. http://www.kingsnake.com/aho/pdf/menu4/kuhn_undated.pdf
Mendyk, R., Augustine, L. & Baumer, M. (2014). On the thermal husbandry of monitor lizards. Herpetological Review. 45. 619-632. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/287469845_On_the_thermal_husbandry_of_monitor_lizards
- iNaturalist: Varanus acanthurus observations
- Flickr: Varanus acanthurus
- ACKIES IN THE WILD (are we keeping them correctly?) by Dāv Kaufman’s Reptile Adventures
Ackie Monitor Care Guide
- Introduction to Ackie Monitors
- Varanus acanthurus Subspecies
- Shopping List: Supplies You Will Need
- How to Select and Buy a Pet Ackie Monitor
- Enclosure Size & Roommates
- Lighting & UVB Requirements
- Heating Requirements
- Humidity Requirements
- Substrate Options
- Environmental Enrichment: Decorating the Enclosure
- Feeding Your Ackie Monitor
- Handling Tips & Behavioral Notes
- General Health Guide
- Additional Resources
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