Blog Entries

  1. Intro to the Madgascar Biome Project!

    Hey guys, I been away awhile, had a new baby and a bunch of other stuff go down. So I had to leave the hobby among others. But I am back, and going to finish my large DIY enclosure, along with changing the plan, to a Madgascar Biome! SUMMARY IDEA The goal, 100% Naturalistic Vivarium! It will be a little slice of Madgascar in my living room! It will also house a F. Paradlis. ALL PLANTS will be Eastern Humid Forest Natives, just like the Panther. THE DETAILS! THE ENCLOSURE: The Enclosure,...
  2. Still adjusting and tweaking the setup, including feeders...

    Naturally, the new cham (name STILL undecided...I'm so indecisive on this it's ridiculous) and I are till setting into routines, still getting details tweaked, and improving the environment. I have been continuously sealing my reservoir bucket for Mistking with silicon, waiting patiently for it to cure, filling it with water, and seeing yet again another slow drip of water. Before this dang reservoir bucket I thought I was a pretty handy person, but this pain in the butt makes even the...
  3. Day 2 update with my little guy

    Holy shitake mushrooms what a whirlwind the past 2 days have been with this crazy little guy! Day 1 was all about making sure the basics were met, but of course still very exciting!! Everything from opening the box carefully, seeing him for the first time, getting him in his enclosure, getting him to eat, misting, checking for healthy signs like poo and urate, etc.. For the most part all of this went smoothly and things seemed great. I thought I must have created a nice home for him because...
  4. Continuing Setup and Preparing (Juvi coming tomorrow!)

    I've been researching and preparing like a crazy person, but it still feels like this is happening ultra fast. Maybe it's just a product of doing so much reading on these forums and blogs, but I feel like I'll never be fully ready for this little guy coming tomorrow. That's also just my personality, haha. Today I also called a nearby vet who came up on a search for reptile vets to confirm that they did in fact have at least one person who could see my little guy if needed. Not only do they...
  5. Adventures getting my setup started...story time...

    After doing tons of research I started looking into all the specs for getting my enclosure ready, and starting ordering and preparing. Here's some details... 1. Plants. I'm not known to have a green thumb, but I am determined to keep live plants live and happy in my enclosure to help with humidity, keeping water droplets, shade, etc. I also grew up with lots of live plants around the house and so this has always been a goal of mine anyways! I read that people recommend using organic soil...
  6. My story into this hobby...with the obligatory research speech.

    If I really started at the very beginning of this process I guess I'd start many months ago when I first had the initial idea to get a reptile as a pet. My family members rolled their eyes and made their usual comments about how I'm the weird one in the family. I just grinned in agreement. Searching good first reptile pets, the common bearded dragons and leopard geckos came up and I thought about those for a really long time. I knew my life was going to be incredibly busy (we're talking...
  7. Cage Cleaning • Sanitation it's sexier than you think (Part 3) Deep Cleaning

    Deep Cleaning Supplies: paper towels, sponge or scrub brush, gloves, eye protection, dish soap like Dawn, chlorine bleach diluted (never ever mix beach and ammonia) or an activated hydrogen peroxide like Clorox Healthcare® Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner Disinfectant Optional: Clear household ammonia, hot steam cleaner or quaternary disinfectant cleaner No matter what products you use, read and follow the manufacturers directions and pay special attention to the warnings. Used incorrectly...
  8. Cage Cleaning • Sanitation it's sexier than you think (Part 2) Weekly Cleaning

    Weekly Cleaning Supplies: paper towels. 70% isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) or white vinegar diluted 1:1 Optional: activated hydrogen peroxide like Clorox Healthcare® Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner Disinfectant, Hot steam cleaner No matter what products you use, read and follow the manufacturers directions and pay special attention to the warnings. Used incorrectly they could harm you or your pets. I'm calling this weekly cleaning but It doesn't have to be weekly. I find that once you...
  9. Cage Cleaning • Sanitation it's sexier than you think (Part 1)

    Cage cleaning is an important aspect of husbandry but probably not everyones favorite. It is still as vital as humidity, temperature or nutrition for the healthy life of your chameleon. I have adapted my training at keeping a veterinary hospital cage clean to cleaning a chameleon habitat. Where possible I will discuss products that can be easily purchased at the grocery store or pharmacy. No matter what products you use, read and follow the manufacturers directions and pay special attention...
  10. Cute pics on a hot day

    Yesterday It was very hot, so i decided to take Leon out to get some sunshine. He used to not like It, Im just guessing it was because it was such an open space to be outside. I slowely transitioned him from his outside cage to his open box that has plants in it, if he wants he could get out onto other trees and such. He slowly went into another plant and he looked so cute and bright! It was really cool because he never used to look bright outside, I think he got used to being outside. These...
  11. Leon got a new vine and leafs

    Leon recently got some new leafs and a big vine. This isn’t any that big but it really makes his cage look full. Leon’s currently shedding and he’s not keen to changes so he’s extra moody. I know he’ll appreciate it and really like it soon though. Here are some pictures of him and his cage.
  12. Trust

    So I've seen some people talk about how they got their chameleons to "trust them", it seemed like fun so I thought I would do the same! I'm sure I've mentioned how i tamed Leon plenty of times before but this is just so I can have it all right here. So basically, I've read that you shouldn't touch them and to just give them their space for the first two or three weeks ( depending on the chameleon). After you let them settle, you should try and put your hand barely at the entrance of the cage...
  13. Leons big and is now one year old

    It surprises me that nearly a year ago I got Leon, it feels like it was only a couple months. Leon is now one year old and in a month it will be our first year with him in my care! He's grown so much and he's doubled his size! His colors are so much brighter and he's definitely warmed up to me and my friends way more than he had in the beginning. In the beginning I made sure to not touch him for two weeks, then slowly try and hand feed for two minutes. The first time he ate from my hand was...
  14. Baby Jackson’s and fruit fly difficulties!

    Here’s The hardest thing I have come across keeping fruit flies in the enclosure! I put a small piece of fruit in there but they keep on getting out and this raises a big concern because the babies need a supply of food at all times. I’ve heard of bean beetles being good feeders. Just really frustrated and not only that my female that just gave birth 3 days ago is acting restless even at night no lights on the enclosure probably going to have more very soon and that is a good...
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