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Feeding the Spiny Tailed Monitor (Varanus Acanthurus)
February 22, 2008, 4:13 am
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Feeding varanus acanthurus isn’t a hard task. The only thing ‘hard’ about it is being thorough. All monitors need a varied diet, and ackies are no exception. Because of their small size, a mostly-insect diet (the correct diet) is highly feasible. Here, we’ll discuss several possibilities for an ackie diet.

  • Crickets – By far the most popular insect food item. They are easily and cheaply obtainable, and make a great staple food item. Also, they can provide a good source of exercise for the lizards, as well as entertainment for the owner.
  • Mealworms – Another ideal source of food. Mealworms are small and easily stored. An excellent ‘treat’.
  • Cockroaches – Though more expensive than the previously mentioned food items, these are excellent food for monitors. An added plus, is that if you invest in a small colony, and keep them right you’ll have babies in no time, perfect size for ackies.
  • Pinkies – A classic choice for medium to small sized lizards… however it isn’t a good choice. Pinky mice and rats are very high in fat, and not too high in nutrients. They are the equivalent of a stick of butter for us. Real high fat, but not a lot of roughage. A horrible staple, but they make a good treat.