My chameleon care sheet for class.

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by bimac6, May 20, 2010.

  1. bimac6

    bimac6 New Member

    I had to make a care sheet for a grade in my business ethics class, don't ask me why.
    But who woulda guessed I chose chameleons! :rolleyes:

    The care sheet is meant to be read by younger kids, such as 3rd graders. It's kind of hard to make it simple sounding to take care of a chameleon, so my project is like 4,000 times bigger than everyone else's. Tell me if I need anything corrected, or if you guys think I'm forgetting anything very important to tell them, I know I might have forgotten a few little things :)

    C A R E
    R E P O R T!
    Chameleons are a little different than most reptiles that people decide to own. They are called arboreal reptiles which means they don’t live on the ground. Before you buy your chameleon, you must realize all the responsibilities that come with one.

    C H A M E L E O N S

    Let’s start off with the basics. Chameleons area type of reptile. They lay eggs instead of having live babies like us. But there are a few exceptions to that rule. Reptiles have dry scales instead of fur, and are cold blooded.
    Chameleons are very smart reptiles, and have very useful traits that come with their body that other animals don’t have. There are many types of chameleons, all with very unique colors and qualities, but all share some traits that a lot of other reptiles don’t have.
    Chameleons have five fingers on each hand, but are shaped in a way that looks like tongs, or how it looks when you make a puppet with your hand. They are made like this so they can easily grab branches and hold on tight.
    The most famous characteristic of the chameleon is of course—their tongue. Their tongue acts as if it’s a big strip of tape, it’s very sticky and will stick so their prey can’t escape. Believe it or not, their tongue is AT LEAST the same length of the chameleon’s body, usually doubled!
    The last of their unique features are their eyes. This is the most distinctive characteristic that a chameleon has. Their eyes can move in different directions, at a 360 degree angle, which means, they can look ANYWHERE around them! When a chameleon isn’t focusing, it does not have good depth perception, so it might fall off a ledge or two if it’s walking in a straight path. But when they find a prey, or see a predator, their eyes will both focus sharp on it, giving it awesome depth perception. Chameleons also can see in color, and lack an outer ear!

    F E E D I N G

    Chameleons are Insectivores which means, they eat insects. There are a few steps of feeding your chameleon that you have to go through that most reptiles you don’t. Chameleons eat many different types of insects, and it is suggested to give them a variety of different feeders. The most popular feeder is crickets, but that is not limited to dubia roaches, superworms, and waxworms. Chameleons need a bunch of different types of vitamins and supplements that you put on the feeders. If you don’t properly supplement your chameleon, it could possibly end up with bone disorders such as MBD (metabolic bone disease). You will need 3 major supplements and you need to create a supplement schedule. Vitamin D3 should be given two times a month, as well as Reptivite. The main supplement is reptile calcium without D3, and it should be given every other feeding. If you are squirmy around insects, then unfortunately, a chameleon would not be your best bet for a pet. You must also gutload your insects with vitamin-rich foods, such as collard greens, carrots, squash, and sweet potato. This way your feeders eat the nutrients, and they are passed on to your chameleon! You should spray your chameleon its cage with luke-warm water every few hours, to keep the humidity up. Your chameleon also might drink off the leaves. You will need some sort of water dripping system for the chameleon to get its main source of water.

    H A N D L I N G

    Chameleons aren’t much of a pet you are supposed to hold a lot. They’re kind of like land-goldfish, which means in other words, a “look, don’t touch” type of pet. They aren’t a domesticated animal, they are used to living out in the wild, and when you get close to them, or hold them too much, it will stress them out. To them, you look like a monster that wants to eat them! You really only need to take them out to feed them, that is if you don’t free range your feeders in their cage. Also when you clean out their reptarium, you will need to take it out. If something and happens to your chameleon, and it needs to have a check up at the veterinarian, your best bet is to put him in a dark cardboard box with damp paper towels in it. This way it will go to sleep and be stress-free for your car ride. If while you’re holding your chameleon, he shows dark colors or starts puffing up his chest, that means he feels threatened by you, and you should put it down.

    H O U S I N G
    Housing your chameleon is a very fun and unique experience, but also very time consuming and has many responsibilities. Chameleons are different than other reptiles. Instead of a glass aquarium like you might have had for your iguana or gecko, you need something called a reptarium. A reptarium is a cage made completely or almost completely out of some sort of screening. Like we discussed before, chameleons are arboreal, or tree dwelling, so they need a cage that they can climb around in. They also need a good air circulation, so the mesh or screen is ideal for a chameleon. All chameleon species are different but all need a plant in their cage to keep good humidity, to sleep in, and to climb on. Safe plants and popular to use for chameleon cages are ficus, pothos, or schleffera aboricola. Heating varies between age for chameleon, but you need a household light bulb for heat. When a chameleon is young, the heat lamp should go no higher than 85 degrees, when they’re older, 90 degrees is ideal. There is no need for any night time red bulbs that pet stores will try to sell you. Chameleons need pure darkness to sleep at night. The most important part of housing a chameleon is definitely the UVB tube. A UVB tube is kind of like the bulb you see above fish tanks, the blue one, except this bulb emits false sun rays and vitamin D3. A chameleon needs sunlight, if they don’t receive the correct amount, they will form a very severe disease called MBD. Metabolic bone disease is a disease that chameleons and other reptiles get when they don’t get enough of vitamin D3. It deforms their bones and makes them very frail and easily broken. Eventually it will end up in death of your chameleon. The linear UVB tube is the best kind of UVB to get because the coiled bulb has resulted in blindness to chameleons. Repti-sun is a well known brand that works very well. It must be replaced every 6 months. You will also need a digital thermometer or a heat gun to measure the cages temperatures, a hygrometer, which is a humidity measurer (humidity should be from 40-70%), a spray bottle to spray your chameleon every couple hours, and some sort of water drip, since chameleons do NOT drink still water. The easiest way to do this is get a Styrofoam cup and use a pin to poke a hole in it, and put water in the cup on top of the cage, above the plant, so the water that the chameleon doesn’t drink drips into the plant. You will also need bendable vines for the chameleon to climb around on!
  2. justjumpit621

    justjumpit621 New Member

    You repeated yourself a lot. I would read over it, if it were me, a few times to see if anything sounds weird. Also, try to be a little less "simple", it is sounding like you are talking to 1st graders rather than 3rd. Try thinking about how you would explain chameleons to someone who has no reptile experience at all. Likewise, You wouldn't need to keep explaining yourself if you would give the straight fact in layman's terms =D. That is my constructive critisism.
  3. Elizadolots

    Elizadolots New Member

    This is a very good assignment. I'm not sure why it's in business ethics, but it's a good exercise in writing. I had a similar assignment for a technical writing class.

    I think you should streamline your sentences. For example:
    Might be better off:

    Chameleons are different than the reptiles most people own. They are arboreal which means they live in trees, not on the ground.

    I would suggest you read it out loud. That's always helped me. I've even gone into the bathroom and read to myself in the mirror. My rule is, if my tongue trips over it, or I have a hard time reading it out loud, then it needs work.
  4. lizziloo

    lizziloo New Member

    This is cute. :) I like it.
  5. richpass6

    richpass6 New Member

    You have very good facts in hee about the basic knowledge of chameleons. When you were describing the chams hands I don't think a 3rd grader is gunna know or care much what a tong is or means.. try mitten maybe??? Other than that I like it you just need to structure your sentencing better to it flows. You have a lot of idea but your not organizing them into paragraphs where the reader can easyily read it with out running into what was said in the paragraph por sentence before. Sounds like an easy a:)
  6. Syn

    Syn Avid Member

    Hey Rich, this thread is a few months old now - hopefully they got an A on it!
  7. Escalade

    Escalade New Member

    is that true about the reptisun coild uvb bulb because I have one should I get the tube?
  8. ChameleonsInMyHouse

    ChameleonsInMyHouse New Member

    not too bad of a care sheet. nothing i would really change. though because the care sheet is not designed to a specific species (which we all know, different species have different climates) you should label this as "Introduction to Chameleons" or in those lines.

    also, i would clarify that "true" chameleons are aboreal, but there are also "false" species which tend to dwell on the ground or in ground level brush.

    i would also let your readers know that, a selected few species ARE able to produce live young (no eggs), but that pregnancy complications can indeed happen aswell, just like egg binding..

    if i see or can suggest anything else, i'll let you know :) good job.

    and not to b*** or anything lol, but i would promote on there. i wrote a care sheet before for non forum purposes, threaded it for members to evaluate and proof read, but it was deleted because it didnt sponsor just and FYI
  9. VeiledChams

    VeiledChams Avid Member

    Both of you, this thread is over a year old..
  10. ChameleonsInMyHouse

    ChameleonsInMyHouse New Member

    damn bumped threads, lol. oh well the info's still there.

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