Hey thanks for the reply. I actually live in Montana. Haven’t decided what species I’ll be going with. Either a Veiled Cham or a Jacksons. I already ordered a screen cage from diycages.com. If need be I’ll return it and go with a glass habitat. Any suggestions on where to buy a glass enclosure?thanks again,chammy007Where do you live? What type of species are you housing? Glass can help keep humidity in and better control the climate. Screen allows total ventillation. I live in Colorado and If I had it to do again I would have gotten a solid side enclosure -- the all screen is a real pain to keep humidity in.
Yes. If you got a screen enclosure you can also block off the sides. I have bamboo curtains that are now blocking off the sides -- just some suggestions if you can't return it.Should I decide on what species to go with first?chammy007
I'm new to the Cham world, but you'll get a lot of excellent advice here. I def. would suggest knowing what type you're getting in advance, and do all the research you can (Like you're doing now) so you're super prepared. I did a ton of research before I came to the forum, but not nearly as much as I thought once I started reading and asking here. I felt so much more prepared having found this group, and these forums, the amount of knowledge here is awesome. Good luck!Should I decide on what species to go with first?chammy007
As far as a timer goes, is it to simulate night and day?or for the humidifier?pardon my newbiness thanks much.chammy007I have a screen cage . and i always have it between 60 and 70 humidity, and the top of cage is always 50 -60 . Get a good timer and a Good humidifer . I got a travel size one they are small and powerful. And under 20$.
Depending where you have him, you might need to cover one or two sides of cage. I have him in a tighter space so its always humid . i have a Jacksonii Jacksonnii
For what it's worth I might reconsider the flap neck as your first chameleon. In my experience captive bred is one of the most important aspects to consider when selecting a reptile, and it'll be hard to find a CB flapneck (the link is for wild caught animals).
Wild caught animals, particularly imports like those linked, can have a number of health problems. Parasites, kidney damage from chronic dehydration, injuries, etc. They also might not adapt as well to living in a cage as their captive bred counterparts. Additionally, as species that are less commonly kept, the information available about their care is not as readily available as it would be for more common species. Husbandry info will be harder to come by, and your local exotics veterinarian is unlikely to have much (if any) experience with them should you need veterinary care.
Generally speaking, Panther chameleons and Veiled chameleons are considered to be the best first chameleons. They're also the most readily available as captive bred animals. Jacksons are maybe a close third, but they can be tough to get as CB as well because there are so many imports from feral populations in Florida. I am personally a big fan of Panther chameleons, but I think a Veiled could also be a good choice. Personally I would shy away from a Jackson's or an import of a rarer species.
Agreed. @Chammy007 Get yourself a male veiled chameleon. If you want color get a male panther.Never having had chameleons before, I have found it’s challenging enough having captive bred veileds. Their needs are well within my abilities to provide for and I’m able to enjoy them rather than worrying over them. Start with a veiled or panther and work your way up to the more difficult to keep chams.