Enclosure suggestions


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Hey! I am new to the forums, and a new chameleon owner. Do you guys have any suggestions on where to buy a bigger enclosure without getting ripped off? ALSOOOO I just read that the zoomed light fixture that comes with the enclosure isn't enough. Since he is a baby, will this affect him right away? I am definitely getting a t5, but I just want to make sure he won't get sick right away.
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Chameleon Enthusiast
So enclosures...
https://dragonstrand.com/ but dragon strand has a wait period on their cages.

Now I would do the DIY 2x2x4 cage then buy the dragon ledges and drip pan from dragon strand :)

Lighting. Really should not be waited on. How long has he had the compact fixture? I would get the 24 inch T5HO fixture now as it will not matter if it hangs over the edges of the current cage. For a single or dual bulb fixture you want the 5.0 or 6% arcadia bulb. :)

If you want tons of feedback then fill this out and post pics :)

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  • Your Chameleon - The species, sex, and age of your chameleon. How long has it been in your care?
  • Handling - How often do you handle your chameleon?
  • Feeding - What are you feeding your cham? What amount? What is the schedule? How are you gut-loading your feeders?
  • Supplements - What brand and type of calcium and vitamin products are you dusting your feeders with and what is the schedule?
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Cage Info:

  • Cage Type - Describe your cage (Glass, Screen, Combo?) What are the dimensions?
  • Lighting - What brand, model, and types of lighting are you using? What is your daily lighting schedule?
  • Temperature - What temp range have you created (cage floor to basking spot)? Lowest overnight temp? How do you measure these temps?
  • Humidity - What are your humidity levels? How are you creating and maintaining these levels? What do you use to measure humidity?
  • Plants - Are you using live plants? If so, what kind?
  • Placement - Where is your cage located? Is it near any fans, air vents, or high traffic areas? At what height is the top of the cage relative to your room floor?
  • Location - Where are you geographically located?

Current Problem - The current problem you are concerned about.


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Chameleon Enthusiast
Hi welcome to the forums.

You said your chameleon was sitting under the light most of the time. He is probably trying to get warm. What are your temperatures in the basking spot and ambient temperature in the cage. If you copy and paste and fill out the form @Beman posted we can help give you lots of information.
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