Hi, my chameleon just took a big ol' bite out of one of the plants in his enclosure, a pothos plant. All of the plants in his enclosure are safe and cham-friendly, I made sure of that before putting it together. But as far as I know.... Veiled Chams eating plants isn't normal! He has been eating crickets and worms as normal. Pooping fine. Literally everything else normal.
- Your Chameleon - Veiled, ~3 months old, Male, been in my care for 2.5 months.
- Handling - I handle Miles about 3-7 a week. I put my finger in front of him and let him climb on, and then I sit and do something while he climbs on me or hides under my hair. Usually I approach him, but sometimes when I open his front doors he comes over and reaches out to me! If I go a few days without handling, he'll be a bit puffy and anxious when I approach, so I try to handle him a little every day now. Other than that, he never puffs or hisses.
- Feeding - I feed my cham small crickets, small roaches, and lately waxworms and mealworms. Usually free range. Sometimes eats from a stick on my hand. One small dish where I put worms.
- Supplements - At the store I was given two supplements. Both Rep-Cal I think : One was Calcium + D3. The other was something like Herptavite with multivitamin. The store employee (it's a vivarium -- reptile-only house) told me to put calcium on the cricks EVERY TIME that I feed him. However, he had some calcium buildup on his nostrils and after research I realized that that's way too much. So I took a break for a few days from any supplements, and started again with a light dusting of the calcium + d3 1-2x per week. Multi-vitamin maybe 1x per week or per week and a half. At least while he's a baby.
- Watering - Misting system. Usually turn on in the morning for several minutes, then it's on a timer to spray 3-4 times throughout the day for 2 minutes. Also hand spray him sometimes.
- Fecal Description - Cham has never been tested. Droppings are white and black/ white or black.
- History - He's been healthy and happy and is growing quickly!
- Cage Type - Carolina Custom Cages Terrarium, Extra-Tall Medium 24Lx18Dx36H Glass sides with a screen top. When I'm home I keep the front doors open. I live in very temperate weather. Never snows, never gets above 90 degrees outside (and those days are very rare - maybe 2 weeks out of the year). The cage is next to the window, so there is a little extra air flow.
- Lighting - 18in Acadia UV bulb. I have it on a timer which goes on at 8:30 AM and goes off at 9:00 PM. Also next to a window so natural light gets in as well.
- Temperature - Basking spot is ~85, terrarium at between 64-85 depending on time of day. Two heat bulbs, one that's dark that stays on through the night unless it's hot.
- Humidity - 50-70%, 90s right after misting...
- Plants - Dracaena variation and a Pothos; I got all of my plants off of this Cham-safe list. Babies Tears. Light fern. I used volcanic pumice as a lower layer for drainage, and then organic soil, and on top an organic locally made earthworm compost soil. The plants drink up the water from misting.
- Placement - In my bedroom. It is on top of a dresser thing which is about just below hip-height on me... then the cage is tall so the top of it is about a foot above my head, I'd say. Definitely not high traffic area. He's alone most of the day and I hang around him at night and for an hour in the morning. No air vents or noise or movement in general. Next to a window (full height of cage) and there are two other windows in the room.
- Other Enclosure Stuff - He has a bird bridge thing made of sticks, fake vines throughout, mossy sticks, vertical logs.
- Free Range - Large pot with 4 Dracaena next to each other
- Location - San Francisco