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Katrisone

New Member
Hello guys,

I want to share with you video of my 1.5yr veiled chamaleon Buddy. I am wondering what this behaviour mean? :) He is doing it every time I get closer to his terrarium but he was never doing that before. The terrarium is really big so we put them together with female ~0.5yr ago. My theory is that he is showing me who is the alpha male here or something that. He is not doing it outside of enclosure. Anyway I think it is really cool so I wanted to share it with you.

 

Jack135

Member
He can see his reflection in the glass and is getting angry at it because he thinks it is another male cham
 

nightanole

Chameleon Enthusiast
Or he really hates the cup/hand if hes not spending the whole day poofing at the cham in the reflection. After all, a lot of chams simply hate cell phones.
 

Katrisone

New Member
Ohh so he is bot doing it because of me but because when I get closer the glass become less transparent and he suddenly see himself? That would make sence kind of. But he is making it even when I open the cage and there is no reflection.
 

Katrisone

New Member
Ok thanks guys. Just to make clear - the cage is really big, it is after adult iguanas. Both have their own UVB, heating spot and also own feeding place. They are both light green all day long unless I open the cage when feeding them. Then male start doing this but other than that they doesnt seem anyhow stressed.
 

JackRipper

Avid Member
Ok thanks guys. Just to make clear - the cage is really big, it is after adult iguanas. Both have their own UVB, heating spot and also own feeding place. They are both light green all day long unless I open the cage when feeding them. Then male start doing this but other than that they doesnt seem anyhow stressed.
How long have they been kept together?
 

JackRipper

Avid Member
Looks like a-shower that was turned into an enclosure. If you insist on housing them together I strongly recommend heavily planted dense dense density so she can escape him when he decides that he wants her out
 

kinyonga

Chameleon Enthusiast
You do realize that by keeping the male and female in the same cage you're going to end up with fertile eggs soon...and again and again? IMHO the stress on the female going through all at and the stress on he male defending his territory/female will have a negative effect one the health of at least one of them....don't you?
Chances are you won't even realize it until it's too late.
 

Katrisone

New Member
How long have they been kept together?
It has been around 5 months now. And we already have 41 healthy looking eggs now (2 months old now).

Can you post some pics of the complete setup?
Yes, I will later today. Now they have night :)

Looks like a-shower that was turned into an enclosure. If you insist on housing them together I strongly recommend heavily planted dense dense density so she can escape him when he decides that he wants her out
No, it is not :) We figured out all that stuff, you will see on pictures.

You do realize that by keeping the male and female in the same cage you're going to end up with fertile eggs soon...and again and again? IMHO the stress on the female going through all at and the stress on he male defending his territory/female will have a negative effect one the health of at least one of them....don't you?
Chances are you won't even realize it until it's too late.
Yes I realize. And if she will have fertile eggs too often I will figure out something else. By now more than 2.5m x 1m x 1m is I think big enough space to keep them togerther. I tried to consult it with many breeders and they all agreed it is more than enough. They barely interact with each other.

I've done co-hab with Jackson's 1 male 3 female but it was in a 12'x7'x7'green house filled with ficus.
That seems even bigger than mine :) But seems they wasnt suffering or anything?

I've done it with c.chamaeleons too...but it doesn't work with all species. I think it depends partly on their reproductive cycle.
Thanks for answer.
 

The Wild One

Chameleon Enthusiast
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The Wild One

Chameleon Enthusiast
Is your enclosure bioactive? If no then remove the substrate ASAP, it’s a breeding ground for bacteria. Your bulbs should be outside (this is an on-going argument so this is IMHO) You need more coverage so your Cham feels safe, since they are arboreal they’re enclosure need to feel and look like the canopy of “crown” of the tree. Looks like you don’t have a T5HO strip, it’s important for your Chams health. Oh, and welcome to the forums!
 
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