Frank Castle said:I have had my cham for almost 3 weeks now (Veiled). I can see the milky collor skin and some yellow strips down his body under it. This will be his first shed since I got him. The little guy isnt going to be all green any more. I am so proud.
westcoastchameleons said:im very happy for you, just keep taking good care of him
Frank Castle said:No Doubt. I did research on the care of him for about 2 weeks before I even started thinking about buying him. I have him in a 2'x2'x4' cage, screened on 3 sides, 2 live ficus trees, 95* basking temp, 75* low end temp. Automatic Mist system sprays the cage for 30 sec every hour for 8 hours a day. Humidity is around 60-65%. I feed him daily currently Crickets for 2 days with 2:1 Calhos supliments, then meal worms w/ 1 wax worm with Reptivite vitamin supliment. He has an 18" UVB bulb. The lights are on timers. I took out the Night light as per the info I have read around. He is in a low trafic area with good air circulation. So I think (From what I have read) that I have his husdbandry up to par? I know there is always room for improvement though.
Thanks for the intrest
You may want to increase the length of time the cage is misted to at least a couple minutes, especially if the chameleon is not responding. How are you dealing with drainage?Automatic Mist system sprays the cage for 30 sec every hour for 8 hours a day.
Frank Castle said:The Mist system is a HabbaMist. I got it for $40 off of Ebay. I have it pluged into a timer, so it only gets power for that 8 hours. The Habbamist automaticaly has a timer for 1,3,6,12 hour delay times. It can only mist up to 1 min. I will look at increasing it to the full minute, but it soaks things pretty well. The Drainage isnt an issue (This is where I might have meesed up with the cage) I have the Ficus Planted in the bottom. So the bottom of the cage is a planter. I will try and get some pics.
lowendfrequency said:I hate to tell you, but you wasted your money on the HabbaMist. I realize you did it in the best interest of your chameleon, but there are several major problems with the HabbaMist unit. It's recommended that most species of chameleons recieve 15-30 minutes of misting per day. Since the habbamist can only spray for 1 minute every hour, on a 12 hour cycle thats only 12 minutes spread throughout the entire day. Not only is that not enough, but even those 12 minutes are somewhat useless. Many chameleons need a good 5 to 10 minutes of misting to trigger a drinking response, and then additional misting time to actually drink. Don't simply assume that your chameleon will lick the drops from leaves. Another important factor is that a chameleons cage needs to dry between mistings to prevent bacteria growth. That can't happen if you're misting every hour. On top of all that, if your habbamist pump runs dry, it will burnout and possibly melt.
I'd go back to hand misting twice a day for 15 minutes each until you can purchase an adequate misting unit like the rain maker I or the pro-mist. Make sure the pump can run continously and that it can run dry as well. Don't skimp on cheap units, you'll be wasting your money.
Heika said:Hi Frank,
I think that all of us go through that learning curve, some more so than others. When I got my first chameleon, I thought I had it all figured out. I bought a habba mister, "humidity" pads, and a load of other crap that I soon discovered was just that.. crap. The cage I built myself didn't take drainage into account, and I was syphoning water from the bottom of the cage every night. It didn't take long for me to discover that my cage was too small for an adult chameleon, and that I would have to get him a larger one as he grew older. Trial and error.. I feel like I am finally getting a handle on it.