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Varanus acanthurus

Ackie Monitor

Scientific Name: Varanus acanthurus

Best Substrate for an Ackie Monitor ReptiChip

What Makes ReptiChip The Best Ackie Monitor Bedding


Ackie Monitors, also known as Spiny-tailed Monitors, are a species of small monitor lizards native to the arid regions of Australia. Scientifically termed Varanus acanthurus, they are particularly noted for their robust and spiky tails, which they use defensively by curling into a ball and presenting the spines to potential predators. Ackies are relatively small for monitors, typically reaching lengths of about 24-28 inches, making them more manageable as pets compared to their larger relatives. They come in two main color variations: red and yellow. The reds exhibit a richer, darker color with vivid orange and red hues, while the yellows are paler with a more subdued pattern.

In their natural habitat, Ackie Monitors thrive in rocky crevices and outcrops, using their sharp claws and powerful limbs to navigate the rugged terrain. They are excellent diggers and often create extensive burrow systems, which serve as protection from the harsh Australian heat and predators. Ackie Monitors are active hunters, primarily feeding on insects, but their diet can also include small mammals, reptiles, and eggs, which they will dig up using their strong, clawed feet. In captivity, their diet should mirror this variety, providing a balanced intake of vitamins and minerals to avoid nutritional deficiencies. Ackies are known for their curious and relatively bold temperament, often showing less timidity around humans than other monitor species. This makes them a favored choice among reptile enthusiasts, particularly those interested in a more interactive pet lizard experience. Their intelligence and responsiveness to handling can make them rewarding companions, but like all reptiles, they require specific care to thrive.

Why ReptiChip?


ReptiChip is made by ackie monitor lovers, for ackie monitor lovers. It’s what the pros use, and it’s what you can use, too.

Our product line includes BabiChip, RediChip, ReptiChunk, MicroChip, and more, so you can be sure to find the perfect ackie monitor bedding for your pet.

Ready to switch to the ultimate ackie monitor bedding? Check out ReptiChip today.

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Common Ackie Monitor Reptichip Questions

ReptiChip provides an ideal environment for your ackie monitor by balancing cleanliness, comfort, and humidity. It's excellent for moisture retention, which is crucial for the well-being of many reptiles and amphibians. The substrate is also low in sodium and potassium, reducing the risk of mineral buildup that could harm your ackie monitor.

Absolutely! While ReptiChip offers premium quality, it's priced affordably to be consumer-friendly. The substrate's durability and ease of maintenance also mean that you'll need to replace it less frequently, making it a cost-effective long-term choice for your ackie monitor.

ReptiChip is known for its low tannin content, which means it won't stain your enclosure or your ackie monitor. It's also excellent at odor absorption, keeping your living space fresh. This makes it one of the easiest substrates to maintain, allowing you more quality time with your ackie monitor.