First time cham owner, my habitat setup opinions, advice?

Fleshcreeper82

New Member
Hi,

I'm getting my first baby veiled chameleon at the weekend and this is my first attempt at his enclosure, i have a few leopard geckos which are called elmo and mojo and i love them to bits, such great friendly pets! So i decided to take the plunge and get a cham as i have always been fascinated buy them. I was advised to start with the 38 gallon size and when he (or Vern as I'm thinking of calling him!) gets to about 8months and older to upgrade to say a 100 gallon. Anyway all the temps and humidity is spot on so just welcome any advice or comments on my set up! Oh the bulb is a Arcadia d3 UVA/UVB.

Have attached some pics.

The humidity gauge is only up at the as I was testing at the top.

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bimac6

Avid Member
Cage looks good:), what kind of plant are you using? And I've never heard of the UVB but do you have a basking lamp too?
 

VeiledChams

Avid Member
Ask around and see what people say about that lamp. I've read that it is best to keep UVB linear tubes separate from the basking lamp, rather than just one bulb.
 

Tandra Lee

New Member
i would not use the waterfall as they harbor bacteria,i suggest a dripper instead..perhaps more real plants..and i have never heard of that type of lighting either...in my opinion that cage would be too small for a cham of 6 mnths,but it does look clean and bright..maybe a little more research would help you a little bit..good luck with your new cham.i bet you are excited:D im waiting on the reptile expo in edmonton in may cause im already wanting another cham lol..i want a little girl this time:) ps..im sorry,i just looked at your pic again and noticed the dripper..duh lol..its very early where i am(thats my excuse lol)
 

barney24

New Member
I think it would be more "natural" to put a tree like a ficus or schefflera in the enclosure which fills like 2/3 of it. Chameleons simply live in trees.
 

Grim Crow

New Member
he looks pretty malnourished in first pic. he looks alot better in second pic though, hope you got supplements.
 

melric

Established Member
he looks pretty malnourished in first pic. he looks alot better in second pic though, hope you got supplements.
I'm guessing he looks really stressed in the first pic and sucking it in. The second pic is the same day so... He looks good.:)
 

melric

Established Member
I think it would be more "natural" to put a tree like a ficus or schefflera in the enclosure which fills like 2/3 of it. Chameleons simply live in trees.
Not all chameleons do. But those are some good plants that are normally used. I use them myself and they do well.
 

Fleshcreeper82

New Member
Yeah I was really worried! But the second pic of him was only 10 mins later after he went in his enclosure! And I'm glad to hear the plants are ok! I did check they were ok first! Didn't realise there was quite a large choice to choose from! Anyway to up date! Vern is doing well! Have seen him drink, eat, and have poop! So guess he's doing well for day 1!
 

sdheli420

Established Member
Thanks guys! The waterfall is not connected, I am simply using it as a drip tray! I got my little guy today! have some pic links below! was a dark brown when i got him but after a few mins in his new home he went a nice green!

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you know..thats actually a good idea to use the waterfall (disconnected) as a water drip collector +1

as for the 2 in 1 lamp ive used them for years now (got them when they first came out as i was allways using mh ballasted lighting for my free rangers, but its huge and bulky, and you can get the same kv spectrum and lumen output with them) ..i like them..never had blind chams, get fast one day sheds, and have abnormally happy personalities..
 
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