Cosmic’s getting overconfident...

Lunatuck

Established Member
When I first got Cosmic, he was as shy as you would expect from a chameleon. I used a tree to get him comfortable with coming out of his enclosure. Then I offered him a hand bridge to get to the tree. It all worked out better then I expected and I can say he’s comfortable with being out of his enclosure.

If i walk in the room, he quickly gets to the front. If I open the enclosure, he runs and tries to lurch onto me, or his feeding cup; whatever to get out. But, whether its to get out of the cage or to lurch into his tree when he’s out, he has been a bit clumsy. I literally caught him from falling yesterday off the cage screen, and today he nearly fell out of the tree. He grabs the leaves instead of branches and they twist. It seems like hes running faster then hes thinking.

I’m getting a new cage soon, but the tree he loves wont fit. I did get him a similar, but smaller tree and put it into his enclosure. He sits in it and likes it, but still wants out fast!

Also, he’s been exploring when hes out of his cage. For example, trying to climb on my louvred windows. The problem is, he slips. If I’m not acting like the helicopter parent, he’d fall down. Guess I need to chameleon proof my house.

So, how do I keep him from falling or getting hurt? Am I just paranoid?
 

Beman

Chameleon Enthusiast
I do not let Beman have free run... The things we have in our house are not natural to them. Like the curtains... They can get their nails caught up in them.
When he is out on his tree I am right there 3 feet away watching. Sometimes he will try to crawl up the window which does not work obviously. So I have to be there to move him back to his tree or yes he will fall. Kinda like having a 2 year old. Constant supervision when they are up and running around. lol
 

JoshD49

Chameleon Enthusiast
One thing I did was build a little free range area and hung it up on the ceiling. They can't go anywhere when they are on it. I don't leave them alone but if I did I know they can't take off. Other areas I have are like plants in the house but only my panther tries to climb down from there so I have to watch him close.
 

Lunatuck

Established Member
I do basically have a small free range area. Its two plants on stands that he cannot get off of, but that doesn’t mean he wont try. He’s pushing further and further. Just seems like he has more confidence in his tail grip then I do.

Damn. Now I have another kid who I have to worry about making bad decisions.
 

Lunatuck

Established Member
Here are pics of him and his enclosure...
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And a video of what he does... He lurches at 3:00
 

Lunatuck

Established Member
Did you hatch him?

No, but I spoke with my breeder about 5 different times waiting for him to hit 2 months, then waited for weather.

The breeder was Bruce from Chameleon Paradise. He really knows his stuff, and he mentioned something like these guys were growing quickly. Thats why he didn’t wait for them to be 3 months before shipping.

If you look at my earlier videos on Youtube, you can see my unboxing. That was roughly 2 months. His tuperware container had his birthday on it.
 

Lunatuck

Established Member
If you say so, guess he’s an early bloomer.

He was a little bit larger then I expected when I received him. Since, he’s been eating like crazy and growing like crazy. He’s a lot larger now then I thought he would be. I can understand your skepticism.
 

salty dog

Chameleon Enthusiast
4 months old.....he must have been the alpha of the whole clutch, there will usually be 1 or 2 that grow much faster than the rest
 

Brodybreaux25

Chameleon Enthusiast
He was a little bit larger then I expected when I received him. Since, he’s been eating like crazy and growing like crazy. He’s a lot larger now then I thought he would be. I can understand your skepticism.
Well, back to your original topic.... since he’s so developed it is most likely his hormones driving this new behavior. He’ll calm down eventually but it’s going to take awhile...
 

Lunatuck

Established Member
Well... His clumsyness got the best of him. It looks like he lost two nails on one of his rear feet.

It doesn’t look terrible but I am watching it. Hopefully it didn’t take out then root and it’ll grow back. Cosmic still runs all over the cage screen when I enter the room. He hasn’t learned. Lol.

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