Seeking feedback on husbandry ideas!
Hey! I am planning on getting a 3-4 month old panther chameleon within the next month, and after countless hours and hours of online research, i think i have all of the information i need to create ideal conditions for my future cham. Sorry in advance for the long post, but i just want to make sure that i am doing everything right and that i'm not forgetting about anything. So if you all could read it over and give me your feedback i would be so appreciative! This forum has given me tons and tons of good information; i am impressed at the vast knowledge and experience of a majority of the members and i trust and appreciate all of your opinions!
I'll start with the enclosure:
- since the cham i am planning on getting will be about 3-4 months old upon arrival, i plan on using a 38 gallon reptarium (16.5X16.5X30) while he is young and little. As he matures, i am going to be building a custom cage from wood and screen that will probably measure out to be around 48" (maybe 60") tall X 36" long X 18-24" deep. I also plan on using the 38 gallon reptarium as an outdoor cage, it would be very easy to transport in and out of doors for basking in the real sunlight.
- with the reptarium i plan on using an 18" reptisun 5.0 bulb and a lower wattage (probably around 60) basking bulb depending on the ambient temperatures of the enclosure. Once the cham is moved into his adult cage, i plan on using the 36" reptisun 10.0 bulb in a double fixture with the reptiglo 2.0 broad spectrum daylight bulb. Then a basking bulb of appropriate wattage to get the temp. right.
- i plan on feeding a variety of insects including crickets, butterworms, silkworms, grasshoppers (when available), moths, superworms, occasional mealworms, waxworms, hornworms etc. Mainly, crickets and the more nutritious worms. I plan on gutloading my crickets and other gutloadable insects with the following:
-a nutritious comercial dry gutload
- a/d canine/feline perscirption moist food
- a variety of greens including collard, mustard, dandelion, turnip, and endive, along with veggies such as squash and sweet potato
- watering with flukers calcium enriched cricket quencher
- i am planning on dusting the insects with rap-cal herptivite one or two times a month, rep-cal calcium with d3 once or twice a week, and the rep-cal pure calcium at every other feeding.
- i plan on misting up to 3 times a day for up to 5 minutes each time, and probably use some sort of drip system for a few hours each day.
Does anyone have any feedback about using a fogger for short amounts to get humidity up in the cage?
- i recently purchased two nicely sized pothos that are already starting to grow nice hanging branches. These are small enough to both fit in the 38 gallon and i plan on using them in the adult cage too. I was also planning on getting some schellefera (sp?) for the enclosure as well. I will also include some fake climbing vines and branches.
Well...i think thats about it! i'm sure i probably forgot something, even though it seems impossible with such a ridiculously long post! Thanks to everyone in advance, like i said before, i really just want to make sure that i'm doing everything right and not missing anything important before i jump into the wonderful world of chameleons!! Thanks!