Hello. I am moving into an effeciency apartment at Penn State and want your opinion of my possibilities for a cage. There is a murphy bed against one wall and it has two twin beds with shelving units between and on the edges. I would like to put a cage in the shelving unit. The room will be low traffic and has great sunlight and a stable temperature. Any suggestions and thoughts are welcome! Please!
I have a carpet chameleon, they grow to 7-8". She is estimatedly 10 months old. They are supposed to be small and be able to have a smaller enclosure, but let me know if not! (The cage could be 16x16xanywhere up to 36" or 58" See below!)
I ideally would use a 100watt self ballasted mercury vapor bulb. The basking area/cage (?) must be 8" from the bulb and the appropriate UVB zone extends from 8"-18" (http://www.uvguide.co.uk/spreadchartcombo.htm
The possible base is 16"x16". Including an 8" distance from the bulb I could leave in the drawer and have the height of the cage up to 3 Feet OR take out the drawer and have up to 4.8 Feet in height. Pictures below!!
Could this possibly work? It would be an awesome location. I can put my humidifier on top, be able to maintain humidity better with three sides solid and also have ventiliation with a screen cage by the front and top. If this area is too small please feel free to say so! I can place her in the kitchen too but this spot looked so cool. Her current cage is 18x18x36. How would 16x16x58 be?
Do I need more lights to maintain heat? You guys are the experts and as you might know I've had a hard time maintaining humidity and she is a tad restless. Is more height enough? Thanks for your thoughts!