what are your thoughts on purchasing a cham from africa? they said to send a 20.00 fee to reserve it. the cham is 65.00 should i trust her? i don't know if anyone has any experience with the person the e-mail says gillan fien, and she signs "vera"? in west africa.
Its a classic scam. The legal paperwork for a shipment from Africa is significant and the costs of international shipping far too large for a single animal. The person is trying to scam you, bottom line. Exporters generally have a $2000 minimum order before they'll bother to spend the time and money to arrange a shipment.
I think Chris is right. You really don't want a wild caught chameleon anyways. If you are set on purchasing a chameleon, I highly recommend doing your research first and then looking at some local captive breeders. What chameleon species are you interested in?
Agreed, it is better not to buy wild caught chameleons UNLESS you intend to breed them or are introducing new bloodlines to your current breeding stock.
I have been there and done that with wild caught chameleons. I have kept three different individuals in total but I decided a couple of years ago that I would only be buying captive bred from now on. This is because I want to encourage captive breeding by supporting those who do it and because I disagree with collecting chameleons from the wild just to be kept as a 'pet'.
Wild caught may be cheaper to start with but chances are they will be full of parasites and it is virtually impossible to accurately age them. It is often the old and sick that are caught first because they are the slowest, easiest ones to catch. You may buy an individual that hasn't got long to live or is sick.
yeah, i was wonderign when they said a 30.00 shipping fee all the way from africa! thanks you guys. brad, i'm looking for a good veiled, or panther, but preferably a male veiled. do ya'll know of anywhere good to get one? thanks