Adding sounds of nature

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by broderp, Mar 19, 2017.

  1. broderp

    broderp Avid Member

    In our attempt to make a our loved pets feel more at home we control their environment in many ways so that it closely mimics that of their home lands. This has many proven health benefits and maybe some other not so quantifiable ones such as making them happy.

    So what about sounds? Our pets are subject to cell phone ringing, dog barking, door bells, TV , radio etc. so why can't we place sounds of nature that may further enhance their well being?

    I know they don't hear the same way we do. But they do hear and feel vibrations no?

    What would the benefit be if we played a recording of the sounds of nature that would normally be encountered? Cricket, bugs scuffling, wind, leaves rustling in trees etc.

    What do you think?
     
  2. JamesB88

    JamesB88 Member

    I don't think it would do any good as chams have evolved to the point they can only hear certain decibels. In other words they can't hear very well!
     
  3. bluesox68

    bluesox68 Established Member

    I feel if anything hearing sounds and nature outside would cause frustration then maybe stress? Knowing your trapped in a cage and not able to get potential food would drive me nuts lol. Not a scientific answer but just my opinion:)
     
  4. Remkon

    Remkon Chameleon Enthusiast

    When I drink to much I sometimes behave like a baboon and when I go to sleep after a few to many I sound like a lion... That's enough sounds of nature in my household.
     
  5. broderp

    broderp Avid Member

    I've heard that, but every little bit helps. If the lower end sound of a tree blowing in the wind calms them, then I'm OK with setting up a speaker and making it happen.

    My guestimate, is if we hear a range of 20-20K, then they hear lower frequencies (120Hz and below???) so perhaps sound to them is like bass to us, only with ear plugs on. :confused:


    I was looking and found this: Mot sure what category our pets fall into..
    http://www.anapsid.org/reptilehearing.html
     
  6. JamesB88

    JamesB88 Member

    Imho adding sounds to calm your chameleon or add a realistic feel is overkill...just take your Cham outside lol
     
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  7. ChameleonClem

    ChameleonClem Member

    Dont know much about chameleon ears but i know he'd sure get a better mood when he heard the crickets in the next room :p. I think this would be a fun expirment for you to try, with the nature sounds. Watch his behavior and see ^.^ at the very least it might be a white noise thing for him. :p
     
  8. Andee

    Andee Chameleon Enthusiast

    Idk I honestly think it would more depend on if you had a captive bred or a wild caught. Captive breds NEVER EVER experience these "natural sounds" from their "homelands". And I am pretty sure that is not one of their innate traits.
     
  9. AZChamFan

    AZChamFan Avid Member

    I would suggest Karma Chameleon by Culture Club. Sorry...... couldn't resist.
     
  10. nightanole

    nightanole Avid Member

    Reminds me of those tweeting bird clocks, but its not native birds so it sounds off...
     
  11. Decadancin

    Decadancin Moderator
    Staff Member

    In my opinion the only sound you need to add is more cowbell.


    Sorry, I just can't help it...
     
  12. kinyonga

    kinyonga Chameleon Enthusiast

    Since chameleons feel vibrations they will also get to feel the vibrations from whatever you use to produce the sounds. I wonder what that will do for them! Make them look for a mate? Make them look for a chirping cricket? Hmm...good good good good vibrations! (Sorry I couldn't resist...beach boys!)
    https://www.researchgate.net/public...ication_by_Substrate_Vibration_in_a_Chameleon

    From what I've read, their hearing is from 200 to 600 Hz.
     
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  13. broderp

    broderp Avid Member

    Have you been outside recently? Its winter for some of us. :cool:
     
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  14. broderp

    broderp Avid Member

    But some of this would be instinctive. You can't remove years of evolution that quick.
     
  15. AZChamFan

    AZChamFan Avid Member

    [QUOTE="broderp, post: 1341843, member: 28896")You can't remove years of evolution that quick.[/QUOTE]

    Uh oh. :unsure:
     
  16. Andee

    Andee Chameleon Enthusiast

    The only thing I think that might be instinctive would be like bug sounds? The sounds of wind or whatever that they may hear would not be helpful because they wouldn't feel it and it would just confuse them. As far as sounds of bugs it may confuse them too if they are looking for said bug but there are no feeders there. Rain would also be confusing. And predator sounds would be terrifying. I don't know what else you would play to simulate a natural surrounding that wouldn't actually physically change their environment. But I would rely more on actually physically making their cages more like their natural homelands so research the weather and when the humidity or rain increases. Then adjust your misting schedule to be more like it etc. Change your foliage. You branches to be natural too. Increase your feeder range. Feed wildcaught insects and just do regular fecal tests.
     
  17. JacksJill

    JacksJill Chameleon Enthusiast

    It would make your viv like a trip to the zoo where they pipe in recored animal noises. I don't know if it would affect your cham or even if speakers could accurately hit the range of their limited hearing. Just as dogs rarely react to barking on TV.
    It might however enhance the ambiance for you and your guests.
     
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  18. I have to agree here.
     
  19. CharlieCharmingo

    CharlieCharmingo Avid Member

    I agree with @JacksJill , just play it for yourself and your guest. I mean how cool would it be to say "and now this is my jungle room, to the left you'll notice my chameleon on the loose.".
     

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