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Discussion in 'Chameleon Breeding' started by evildude, Nov 29, 2007.
how often does a female veiled lay eggs
About 2 times a year.
How Do You Know When She Is About To Lay Them As I Im Looking To Get A 3-5 Month Old Veiled Cheers
She will be seen at the bottom of her enclosure scratching and trying to dig. Or in a plant actually digging. However it is said to have a bucket about 8"-12" full of moist play sand so that she can dig a tunnel. Plant roots can be harmfull if bacteria has been introduced due to too much water in the plant base.
I have had some that are 6+ years that have never laid an egg. It has a lot to do with diet and temperature. If you overfeed them they will produce huge clutches and it may shorten their lives.
With any egglaying chameleon (once she is old enough to lay eggs), I always keep a container of washed sandbox sand in the cage to give the female a place to dig if she needs to lay eggs. If you don't do this you may miss the sometimes subtle signs that she needs to lay eggs and it can lead to eggbinding.
whats the oldest chameleon you ever had?
I think I've read somewhere that she's had one live 10 years Nice job btw Kinyonga.
The oldest one I can remember at the moment was a male veiled...he was over 8 1/2 years old when he died. I wish I could say that some made it to 10...but I don't think it was me you are thinking of Chameleontario. Thanks for the comment though!
The oldest veiled female that I recall lived to be 7+....but most of the veiled females make it to 6+ years.
I have had quite a few C. chameleons that made it to 6+ years old (both male and female).
There are other species that I can't get to reproduce and/or can't hatch the eggs from and that I can't hit those ages with either. Its frustrating. Many of them are WC adults when I get them though. Its amazing how much there still is to learnafter all these years of keeping chameleons!
My bad, I thought I read somewhere at another forum. Even to reach 8 1/2 years for any chameleon in captivity means you're definately doing things right in almost every aspect.
Sure we all have much more to learn about chameleons in captivity, but you're definately on the right track to figuring it out.
I think I remember someone else saying that they thought I had one live ten years too. (I have had lots of other species of lizards live longer than 10 years though.)