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Chameleon Info:

  • Your Chameleon - He is a veiled chameleon named Khalid. I got him on 7/21/19 at a local reptile Expo. The seller told me he was 10 weeks old at the time of purchase. That would put his birthday at May 12th, 2019. It's mid October now, so he should be about 5 months old.
  • Handling - I take him out for 10min at a time maybe once every day or two. Just let him crawl around on my hands. He has a tree to sit on when I clean or re-work his cage once a month. I don't instigate a come-out unless I have to, but he's been coming to the front of the cage when I walk by and if that happens, I will offer to take him out.
  • Feeding - I made a bug run bowl. He eats about 2 crickets, a super worms, a hornworm and maybe a few BSFL/Phoenix worms a day. His appetite sure has gone down since he was a bean sprout. Any crickets and dubias are gut-loaded using this frozen ice-cube method with some combo of carrots, sweet potato, apples, oranges, banana, mustard greens, turnip greens, collard greens, and bok choy. I have Repashy Bug Burger on hand, but haven't used it yet. I'd like to write a few recipes for these that I can have on hand and rotate through. I've seen him eat pothos. I would like to experiment with feeding fruits and veges but haven't yet.
  • Supplements - I am dusting everything, every time, with Repashy Calcium Plus LoD.
  • Watering - There is a tall plastic cup on top of his cage with a small hole drilled in the bottom. I load that thing up with ice anytime I notice there isn't any in it. That is a steady drip for him, the ice is from the tap. I also have a Mist King set up with a dual-head nozzle. It goes off at 6:50AM and 7:00PM for about 2 minutes at a time.
  • Fecal Description - I've read the poop 101 post and they look healthy! :) He was tested for parasites 9/11/2019 and came back negative for all parasites.
  • History - No history on Khalid. This is my first reptile since I was an adolescent. I’m trying to learn a lot quickly. Khalid seems pretty easy-going, maybe that’s just his young age, though. I have 2 cats, one really skittish and easy going, and one year old curious, though generally well-behaved. No other pets.

Cage Info:
  • Cage Type - Reptibreeze 2'x2'4'. No substrate. Hole drilled in the middle of plastic bottom for drainage.
  • Lighting - He has a 24" T5-HO Reptisun placed right on top of the cage for UVB light. Currently there is a 150w Ceramic Heat Emitter in it's own lamp, as well as a 75w clear bulb and an LED/coil plant light in the dual dome. All the lights except the UVB sit on top of a wire shelf above his cage, about 4" from the top of the screen. The basking branch is about 7" away from the top of the screen. His timer is set to go on at 7:00AM and turn off around 7:30PM. The CHE is on an Inkbird on/off thermostat set to 86* w/ 2* variance.
  • Temperature - I have 2 temperature gauges and 1 hygrometer in the cage. I also have a temp gun. One temperature probe is on the basking spot and the second is in mid-lower area of cage. The probe in the middle of the cage is usually 10-15* cooler than basking temp. The heat in the house keeps the temperature around 68*.
  • Humidity - I use a clear window film sheet used for sealing windows in winter around the sides when needed. Currently it is on all 3 sides, but not the front. The humidity goes down to about 40% at the driest during the day, spiking when the mister goes on. I'm working toward following recommendations from this naturalistic hydration podcast, but I still have a ways to go in this aspect. I give the cage a 2-3 min mist cycle about 30 min before lights out to try to keep the humidity up at night, but will need to soon employ some kind of cool mist humidifier to get it going up to 80% or more. The humidity is sometimes too high during the day. I am still working on this aspect of my husbandry. Despite these less than ideal conditions, he hasn't shown signs of dehydration or lung infection.
  • Plants - There is a hanging pothos, a 10" Schefflera Arboricola/umbrella plant, and a 4' tall Benjamin ficus tree, so there is a lot of foliage for him. The soil of the potted plants is covered in aluminum mesh as well as garden rocks.
  • Placement - It is in my dining area. My house is very small and has an open-feel. There is a busy office, the kitchen/dining room/living room (where he is, and is honestly less busy than the office), then there is my bedroom, which is dark and quiet. I could move him there, but I also like to keep an eye on him. There is a ceiling fan over the dining room, but is rarely on. The 4' cage is about 21"off the floor.
  • Location - Minnesota
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I have a veiled chameleon that I named Speedy he was brought into the Humane Society to surrender. He said that he found him in his yard. That this dog was backing at him. Now we live in Minnesota and I don’t see him making it out side for long. So I to him to a reptile vet and she said he is a senior and the biggest chameleon she has seen. I have had him over a month now.
 

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