I have a veiled chameleon who I just brought home almost 2 weeks ago now. He’s a really angry little guy which I’m fine with, if he doesn’t want to come out of his cage I don’t care, but what do you guys do when you HAVE to get them out? I always think about the future and there’s going to be a time where I go on vacation for at least a week, and will need to get him out of the cage to bring him to a reptile boarding place. How can I force him out that won’t stress him out horribly?
- Your Chameleon - I have a 4 or 5 month old veiled chameleon, he’s been in my care for 2 weeks
- Handling - Haven’t tried to handle him at all yet
- Feeding - I am feeding small gut loaded crickets dusted in calcium powder. 4 or 5 twice a day because he’s a baby right now. He gets super worms as a treat, and will occasionally get a little bit of fruit or veggies
- Supplements -I’m supplementing with reptacalcium, D3 every other Saturday, calcium with a multivitamin on a Saturday without D3, and then the rest of the days I supplement with a D3 and phosphorus free calcium.
- Watering -I mist my chameleon 3 times a day, in the morning right when he wakes up, in the middle of the day around 2 or 3 pm, and then at 7 pm an hour before he goes to bed. He also has a dripper that stays on whenever I’m not home. He gets misted for 1 minute in the morning, and 30 seconds the other times. I see him drink mainly from the dripper.
- Fecal Description - normal chameleon poop
- History - He came from a local reptile store, that’s all I really know about him, the store didn’t provide that much info.
- Cage Type - The cage is a reptibreeze open air mesh cage. It’s 16 by 16 by 30, and is fine for now, but I will be upgrading to a larger cage that is mesh and glass in the summer.
- Lighting - For his UVB I’m using the lucky herp 15 inch, 14w light. For heating, it’s not a light but a heat emitter and it’s 75w. The lights go on at 10 am and off at 9 pm.
- Temperature -I have one thermometer right now at the cage floor, it’s always around 70-75 degrees, I also ordered another thermometer and a hydrometer to measure the basking temps, and the humidity in his cage but they won’t be here until tomorrow. The temps at night are in the 60s but no less than that.
- Humidity - Like I said, I’ll be getting his hydrometer tomorrow. The cage is pretty humid though when I stick my hand in. Unfortunately what helps is the moss at the bottom of his cage, but I’ll be removing that because I don’t want him to get impacted. The misting helps a lot as well.
- Plants -Not using live plants at the moment, but when I upgrade the cage in the summer I will get love plants.
- Placement -The cage is in my room on my nightstand. There is a fan on the ceiling but it’s never on during the day and my room stays at a good temperature. I don’t live near any high traffic areas, and the house is usually peaceful and quiet. I have 2 dogs but they don’t bother Rocky, my chameleon at all.
- Location - Gilbert, AZ