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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 from Captive Bred Specialties. 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 early February now, so he should be about 7.5 months old.
  • Handling - I don't take him out often at all. Just for deep cleans. It's been cold but when it warms up I'm excited to take him outside again. Since he got his adult cage he has not come up to the door when I walk by. He seems happy in his enclosure and has lots of branches and leaves to run along. I see him take afternoon walks up and down the foliage like it's his routine now.
  • Feeding - I made a bug run bowl. He eats crickets and calci worms/BSFL/Phoenix worms, with the occasional superworm or hornworm as a treat. I usually put more than enough food for one day in his cup and wait until it is empty. It ends up that I refill the cup about every 1-3 days. Lately he has been eating a lot. Any crickets and dubias are gut-loaded using this frozen ice-cube method with some combo of carrots, sweet potato, apples, oranges, mustard greens, turnip greens, collard greens, and bok choy. I have also used Repashy Bug Burger and froze it like the above method. 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. I also have had some BSFL turn into Black Soldier Flies, and I'm a little confused on how to get flying feeders like these and Hawk Moths into the cage. Do you just let them pupate and hatch inside the cage or...?
  • Supplements - I am dusting everything, every time, with Repashy Calcium Plus LoD. I dust the feeders in a homemade contraption. It's basically 2 32oz gas station cups and one has a mesh-hot glued to the bottom. :p
  • 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 tray, drips into a bucket, for drainage.
  • Lighting - He has a 24" T5-HO Reptisun (Replaced: July 30, 2019) 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 6:00AM and turn off around 6:30PM. 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 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 is about 45% during the day, probably similar at night. I'm working toward following recommendations from this naturalistic hydration podcast, but I still have a ways to go in this aspect - I need to research and buy a cool mist humidifier to achieve above 70% humidity at night. 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. Despite any 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

Extraz:
Kripke convinced me to use a steam cleaner to clean the cage. Pretty easy and effective, though expensive.
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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.
 
Dear "twinklefingers" person, I was just wondering what that pic you got of a chameleons skeleton is suppose to represent??
 
Hi @TonyaAdams
I didn't really have any pix of my own chameleon at the time, and besides, I think the picture is cool.

Their skeletons are cool! I'd have thought their veil was cartalidge, but I read somewhere that they may actually use that bone to 'hear' deep sound vibrations, kinda like an antenna to communicate with each other.

:)
 
I didn't really have any pix of my own chameleon at the time, and besides, I think the picture is cool.

Their skeletons are cool! I'd have thought their veil was cartalidge, but I read somewhere that they may actually use that bone to 'hear' deep sound vibrations, kinda like an antenna to communicate with each other.

:)I thought it was cool too. I have been studding the tongue, I did not realize the hyoid bone was protruded out that far, when firing of course.
 
Your chameleon looks dehydrated

With my male I am using a weed sprayer with the trigger part removed, and a longer hose. The sprayer is mounted above his enclosure. I give a few pumps and it showers for a few minuets, then drips for a few more.
He will actually get under it and move his head around. Until the prolonged shower I had never seen him behave this way. As a rule he does not like to be sprayed, or misted. The most I would see him drink is licking some drips off leaves, or targeting some drips. But given time likes to ease into it.
My Female has a larger open air enclosure with misters. After the male I increased the length of run time per session, and saw similar results, as far as more drinking behavior.

I have not seen much or anything on this aspect of watering Veileds , But I believe there is something to it.
 

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