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One of the greatest tools you can use for dwarf monitors is the 'Retes Stack', named after Frank Retes of Goanna Ranch who first started using this type of basking platform. Basically it consists of a series of platforms with a 1" to 1 1/2" gap between each layer. The concept behind it is simple - your monitor has a choice of secure basking sites at various temperatures ranging from the exposed 'top shelf' that can be 130f plus dropping by 10f per layer. Since I introduced these platforms for my own vivariums, I have seen a clear difference in behaviour and growth and highly recommend using them.
Basking Stacks are best made using MDF cut to approx 12" squares, use 10 - 15 mm MDF. Between each shelf use different strips of wood to create 'tight' gaps between the layers, I have several at 1" and several at 1 1/2". I place the strips of wood on three sides of each level but with gaps to provide escape on all four sides, see photos below. The monitors love to squeeze into these tight spaces and feel totally protected and safe. You can screw each layer or use 'no nails' glue (be sure it's 100% dry before installing in cage). Once finished, place the stack directly under the basking light.
I have between 6 and 8 layers per stack, this brings the monitors to within 10 cms (3") of the spot light. You will normally find the animals basking on the top platform first thing in the morning and then once warmed up they drop down a layer or two.
Photos to follow
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