Varanus acanthurus acanthurus (Red Spiny-tailed monitor, Red Ackie)

This bulldog of the monitor world posses a spectacular full body red colouration complimented with vivid yellow and white highlights. Native to Australia it inhabits the northwest coast with many populations occurring further inland. The red ackie is primarily terrestrial, but will utilize elevated areas for surveillance and thermoregulation.

Red spiny-tailed monitors will reach an average adult size of 50 cm SVL. Red ackies thrive in captivity and will accept a wide variety of food. They can be housed successfully in pairs or in groups given adequate space. This species is very prolific and performs amazing acrobatics while chasing insect prey. Red ackies will prove to be rewarding for any reptile enthusiast.

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