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August 13th 1998 Chat Transcript

Below is a transcript of the chat session with Frank Retes of Goanna Ranch.





ModeratorJeffB> Frank I want to thank Frank Retes [Fr] for being our guest tonight



ModeratorJeffB> lets go ahead and start with Brian





[Brian] ok, Frank>how many species of monitors do you have at goanna ranch?



[Fr] About 22





[LTJTB] breeding age....average clutch size for ackies??? thanks Frank



[Fr] 6 to 12 months of age 12 eggs per







[liquidlizard] how much food do you feed your monitors? do they have a



- tendicy to be over weight?thank you!



[Fr] I try to feed them every day, and most are not fat





[marina] You keep heat lamps on 24 hours.  I was thinking about getting a



- red bulb for night and use the white only during the day.  Do you think



- day-night cycles are at all important for maintenance?  For breeding?





[Fr] Marina think a white lite is better than a red blub



[Fr] a lite blub is just a heat source



[Fr] they do there own day night cycles





[Brian] Frank>how many species of monitors have you bred successfully?



[Fr] 16





[BrianG] will you be at Orlando, and  have a table? What is the current



- price on normal ackies?











[marina] Ants rule the outdoors..



[Fr] there are not so many rules for outdoor inclosures



[Fr] Ants rule



[liquidlizard] i picked up .2 blue spot timors and 1.1 yellow spot timors,



- im just wanted a good set up for them







[Brice] Hey Frank What is with V. scalaris, why doesnt anyone here have



- them?



[Fr] No brice











[ChrisD] Do large monitors have the same reproductive potential as the



- smaller monitors?



[ChrisD] meaning do they produce numerous large clutches, numrous small



- clutches, or few large clutches?



[Fr] Yes, The larger ones have many more eggs, such as niles up to 60 eggs



- per and albig the same



[Fr] and they all multi clutch



[Fr] scary huh







[LTJTB] Frank, what is a good size enclosure for a pair or trio of ackies



- and what kind of substrate do you use for them?



[Fr] 2' x6' is great, but 2' x4' is ok and we use dirt



[LTJTB] thank you





ModeratorJeffB> LOL... in your experience do any subspecies of monitor actively



- forage at night?



[Fr] I think they eat any time they want, but mostly in the day



[Fr] I've seen 4 species out at night in nature











[jeanine] have you observe any interactions with ackies and cockatiels in



- the wild?  my ackies seem completely indifferent to my tiel...she even



- perches on their cage.







[Brice] What is that thing you are crossin w/ glauerti, that is what I am



- talking about.



[Fr] We produced a few V.pilbarensis XV.glauerti crosses . but no more



[Brice] That is it, you mean you dont have them anymore?



[Fr] We are not crossing them any more





[ChrisD] I've got a question on importation. You always here eventually it



- will stop, especially from asian markets. Do you see this on the immediate



- horizon or will it likely be many years? I also notice most breeding of



- captive monitors seems to focus on Australian species is their enough of a



- market to support captive bred asians(waters,mangroves) versus the cheaper



- imports?





[Fr] I have not heard much lately



[Fr] their goverment will tax them



[Fr] tarriff











[ChrisD] Frank, I was wondering if you might give a few takes on the newer



- species, yellows ,tricolors,etc



[Fr] We had some of the first of these



- species, yellows ,tricolors,etc



[Fr] But Its hard to relate with wild caught monitors











[LTJTB] Is there a difference between the red/yellow ackies???? (besides



- color)



[Fr] All monitors are great, but these are wild. I have some baby tri-colors



- coming tomorrow



[Brice] .



[Fr] Red ackies are a sandy desert monitor with a lot of differences from



- yellows



[Fr] eggs much bigger, behavior different, get larger



[LTJTB] how large do they get??



[Fr] close to 30 inches



[Fr] and much heavier







[jeanine] so, just you and pete kuhn have bred and hatched v. glauerti then?



-  have the germans been successful with them?



[Fr] Possibly I don't know, pete has not made babys yet



[jeanine] you're the only one?



[Fr] hes right on the verge



[Fr] In the U.S.







jeffb> have you ever done small monitors such as ackies or glauerts in a



- large enclossure like 8x2



[Fr] I kept them in a 20' by 20' by 9 foot high cage



[Fr] we keep them in two basic cages one is a 6 foot circle the other is 2'



- by 4' tub



jeffb> did they set up movement patterns or were they all over the place



[Fr] in the large cage they were incredible



[Fr] they had all sorts of neat behaviors







[marina] Do you have plans/hopes to pair up your perentie and breed those?



[Fr] Of course i do, just send me a male, PLEASE







[Brian] I've noticed that some of Doug Price's yellow monitors have a



- greenish/yellowish color, is there a possibility that there are green ones



- in existince?



[Fr] when their young they have more green, also just before they shed



[Fr] when they are old they lose the black







[ChrisD] Why have the europeans been percieved as being in the forefront of



- monitor husbandry and breeding?  Are monitors just more common captives



- there or are the laws easier to deal with?



[Fr] Good question. they have been at it longer. look at who discribes them



- the most



[Fr] they have had more access to them and still do.



[Fr] they also travel a lot.











[Justink] Do you look for black tree monitors price to go down in the



- future, any time soon? how much are they now I know there not cheap.



[Fr] I think they will go up and up and up





[russ] .Talk a little about your success with womas and blackheads,  what



- are the tricks to breeding them.  Is it temp,or perhaps age?



[Fr] Darkness, cool



[Fr] We breed them at 18 months, just take good care of them



[Fr] moist dirt is better





[Arthur] What is the best way to provide water for the dwarves



- like ackies?



[Fr] tritis and yellow ackies



[Fr] small water bowels