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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 May 2021 now, so he should be about 2 years old!
  • Handling - I don't take him out often at all. Just for deep cleans and vet visits. Sometimes when the weather is really nice, we go outside for 10 minutes. 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 then one day got sick of how ugly it was and anted up the cash for a Full Throttle Feeders feeding cup. He eats crickets, dubia roaches and calci worms/BSFL/Phoenix worms, with the occasional superworm or hornworm as a treat. I've been tong feeding him a couple dubias or throwing in a few crickets in the enclosure every other day. 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.
  • 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 WAS a tall plastic cup on top of his cage with a small hole drilled in the bottom which I would fill with ice cubes, then eventually I opted for a Big Dripper because it was less daily maintenance. 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. I got a new large breed puppy March 2021!

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. I put a plastic "hair stopper" for tub drains over the hole so crickets don't escape.
  • Lighting - He has a 22" 5.0 UVB T5-HO Reptisun (Replaced: Sept 14, 2020) placed about 4" above the top of the cage for UVB light. There WAS 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. He appeared to suffer a burn around December 2020. I replaced the CHE and the LED coil with a 60w incandescent. The temps don't get as hot, but I'd rather that than risk anymore burns. All the lights 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 basking light is on an Inkbird on/off thermostat set to 86° w/ 2° variance.
    The following did not end up working to keep temps where I want them: I ordered the new Arcadia Reptile Deep Heat Projector in 80w to replace the CHE. This is because I just learned that CHE don't put out the whole spectrum of infrared light that chameleons need. The new DHP should do that. The reason overall I am using CHE or DHP is because they don't put off visible light and with the on/off thermostat, I didn't want a visible light going on and off all day.
  • 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 62°.
    [May 20201]: I just temp gunned the top of his casque while he is basking and we're at 76°. I would prefer to be in mid 80s.
  • Humidity - I use a clear film sheet (used for sealing windows in winter) around the sides when needed. Currently it is on the backside of the enclosure. 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 bought 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 and a 4' tall Schefflera Arboricola/umbrella plant, so there is a lot of foliage for him. The soil of the potted plants are covered in aluminum mesh as well as garden rocks.
  • Placement - It is in my main floor kitchen/dining/living area for warmth. There is a huge 10' weeping fig tree in front of the enclosure for privacy. There is a ceiling fan 20' in the air over the dining room (tall ceilings), 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.

I plan to go bio active soon kinda copying this method ?
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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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