Raising babies

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Raising babies.

In the following you can read about how we raise our baby monitors.

 For the Odatria species we use raise up tubs. We use a LED tube as our main light, the tube is 4500-6000k to create a natural color of light inside the tubs.

 A small UV tube is also used so that the baby monitors can get the UV they need for the absorption of calcium and the production of vitamin D.

 We use a gu10 halogen bulb to create the basking temps needed for optimal digestion. Our basking temps are around 45-48c.

 As a combination of hide and basking place we use a Retes stack, that way the babies can choose what temperatue they prefer.

 The tubs are set up pretty simple. As substrate we use a sandy soil that gets a bit hard when it gets dry. That way the babies wont ingest alot of substrate when they eat.

 A shallow water dish is always added so that the babies always have access to fresh water.

 As food for our baby monitors, we use red runners as a stable, and supplement it with crickets. All food items are always dusteddusted with a calcium/vitamin mix. The vitamin we use is Reptivite vitamins, Nekton MSA, and the calcium powder is Reptivite calcium.

 Baby monitors grow fast, so it is important to feed them daily, espicially in the beginning. It is important to use healthy food items, so either raise your own insects or if you buy insects, you should always gutload them before feeding them to your monitors.

 To make sure we have healthy insects for our baby monitors, we choose to breed our own. 


Baby red ackie ( Varanus acanthurus) taking its first breath.

Baby storrĀ“s monitor ( Varanus storri ) hatching.

Freshly hatched pymgy mulga monitor ( Varanus gilleni )