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Hello My name is Jeff, my wife is Kassie and we just purchased a 14 Month BB Ambilobe, Son of Fararano-orana. We purchased him on Saturday at the Reptile show. He is incredible. You can see a picture of him sleeping in the photo contest. I will be taking more pictures as he gets accustomed to his new house. Here are a few pics that I did not upload to the photo contest.



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Welcome to the Forums Jeff and Kassie! Looks like you got yourself a beautiful cham there!!!! They are sooo sweet when they are sleeping! Good luck in the photo contest!!!


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Welcome to the forum! Don't know if this is your first chameleon but in case it is....here's some information to start you off.......
Exposure to proper UVB, appropriate temperatures, supplements, a supply of well-fed/gutloaded insects, water and an appropriate cage set-up are all important for the well-being of your chameleon.

Appropriate cage temperatures aid in digestion and thus play a part indirectly in nutrient absorption.

Exposure to UVB from either direct sunlight or a proper UVB light allows the chameleon to produce D3 so that it can use the calcium in its system to make/keep the bones strong and be used in other systems in the chameleon as well. The UVB should not pass through glass or plastic no matter whether its from the sun or the UVB light. The most often recommended UVB light is the long linear fluorescent Repti-sun 5.0 tube light. Some of the compacts, spirals and tube lights have caused health issues, but so far there have been no bad reports against this one.

Since many of the feeder insects have a poor ratio of calcium to phosphorus in them, its important to dust the insects before you feed them to the chameleon with a phos.-free calcium powder to help make up for it. (I use Rep-cal phosphorus-free calcium).

If you dust twice a month with a phos.-free calcium/D3 powder it will ensure that your chameleon gets some D3 without overdoing it. It leaves the chameleon to produce the rest of what it needs through its exposure to the UVB light. (Some UVB lights have been known to cause health issues, so the most often recommended one is the long linear fluorescent Repti-sun 5.0 tube light.) D3 from supplements can build up in the system but D3 produced from exposure to UVB shouldn't as long as the chameleon can move in and out of it. (I use Rep-cal phos.-free calcium/D3).

Dusting twice a month with a vitamin powder that contains a beta carotene (prOformed) source of vitamin A will ensure that the chameleon gets some vitamins without the danger of overdosing the vitamin A. PrEformed sources of vitamin A can build up in the system and may prevent the D3 from doing its job and push the chameleon towards MBD. However, there is controversy as to whether all/any chameleons can convert the beta carotene and so some people give some prEformed vitamin A once in a while. (I use herptivite.)

Gutloading/feeding the insects well helps to provide what the chameleon needs. I gutload crickets, roaches, locusts, superworms, etc. with an assortment of greens (dandelions, kale, collards, endive, escarole, mustard greens, etc.) and veggies (carrots, squash, sweet potato, sweet red pepper, zucchini, etc.)

Calcium, phos., D3 and vitamin A are important players in bone health and other systems in the chameleon (muscles, etc.) and they need to be in balance. When trying to balance them, you need to look at the supplements, what you feed the insects and what you feed the chameleon.

Here are some good sites for you and your parents to read...


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Think you guys for the welcomes and good advice. Lucky I have been lurking her for a year and a half before joining. Sadly I did fall victim to the pet store problem and lost my female veil last month and have started over completely the right way. I have done everything by the book this time and have used the search button like a whore. Since he is 14 months he gets fed every other day with a lite dusting of calcium and twice a month with d3 and multivite. He is being hand mister right now until I can install his Mist King system. He has 2 benjimina ficus and a 100 watt bulb for basking. I know kinda high but it is the only way I can keep his basking temps 85ish. A reptile sun 5.0 and just about everything else anyone has used with positive results.
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