Are you sure that if you are recomending a chameleon to start with it should be the Easiest species to care for? Should there not be a little difficulty to proove to the new keeper that any chameleon is not a walk in the park. That keeping any chameleon, wether they are deemed easiest, mediocre or most difficult, is a huge responsibility. If they adapt the thinking style that my first chameleon was easy and care requirements were minimal, and move on to another species and treat it with the same care, when in fact it needs much more attention?Damaranum said:Are you sure a veiled is better to start with?
A vieled is maybe less expensive but has higher nutricios needs as a pardalis. The chance for MBD is much bigger with calyptratus. A panther has less of these problems. The only issue is they're more expensive.
On the other hand a calyptratus is an easy eater compared to a bad behaving pardalis. But in general I wouldn't say a vieled is easier. But that's just my opinion. And to be honest I've never kept vieleds so my total view on them is not 100% but many starters end up with some problems with there nutricion.
But for sure pardalis and calyptratus are the 'easy' starters.
But the most important is to read as much information about chameleons as possible. With a good preparation these two are good to start with. But without a decent preparation those two will end up in a disaster as well. and with a very decent preparation some other species are possible as well, as long as it are captive breed animals and no wild caught.
She was when I got her. She was always dark and wouldn't move. Now she's as bright as ever and moves around her cage like crazy! What a turn around. But, sadly, she had the shakes when she first got home. I'm guessing it's a sign of mbd. I'm trying my best, and keeping a positive attitude. She looks great though.Will Hayward said:Essh. I have never seen a healthy senegal. Always imported, and always in rough shape.
I'm deffinetly not reccomending you keep a Senegal as your first chameleon, but that's what I began with, and I had him for almost 3 years. He was actually killed by a cat, so he may have even lived a bit longer. I think senegals are a lot tougher than we give them credit for, as well as a "more" neglected species by hobbyists...Will Hayward said:Essh. I have never seen a healthy senegal. Always imported, and always in rough shape.
Just keep in mind where I come from. I don't think anyone is breeding senegals in all of Canada. If there CB's I might not have the prejuice against them.Chamcham505 said:I'm deffinetly not reccomending you keep a Senegal as your first chameleon, but that's what I began with, and I had him for almost 3 years. He was actually killed by a cat, so he may have even lived a bit longer. I think senegals are a lot tougher than we give them credit for, as well as a "more" neglected species by hobbyists...
What will the new keeper assume about their chameleon purchases after pygmies? That they can live in groups, need no basking light, can live in an aquarium, don't require UVB, and need substrate. Hmmm. And, speaking of cost.. if pygmies were regularly recommended as a beginning chameleon, replacing a pygmy wouldn't be too much of a struggle. There are not enough captive breeding programs to handle the "oopses", so the impact would be on wild populations.Will Hayward said:Why does no one suggest Pigmy chameleons? I think Brevs would ba a great begginer. Not exactly your typical chameleon, but no less interesting.