Here are a couple of pis of Jade. My first chameleon.
Zerah Morris said:Wow you guys are tons of help. Hope he/she is not a why person.
In general you will find it recommended that an all mesh or screen enclosure be used. Glass enclosures are out, because of the lack of air movement, long dry time (too much moisture can cause respiratory infections), weight to size, poor height to width ratios for the money, and reflectivity of the interior surfaces causing stress to the cham. That said all screen enclosures are very poorly insulated structures, are difficult to maintain humidity and temp in, can cause foot injuries in larger adult animals, and have a tendency to rust or rot. European keepers have for years used enclosures that are made of high percentages of sheet goods, like OSB and veneered ply, combined with pvc coated hardware cloth or aluminum screening, in an attempt to maintain better climatic conditions without having to heat, cool, or humidify an entire room to do so. The reptarium is a very convenient cage, easy to setup, cheap, etc and can be used with good success. Many breeders and serious collectors swear by them. Another alternative would be to build a cage. This is often a more expensive and time consuming endeavor but the benefit to both captive and keeper can be high if proper thought is put into it, and an adequate amount of research done before building starts.
-Zerah J Morris
kinyonga said:Regarding the glass cage...depending on the climate that you live in, they can be necessary. My cages have screen lids and doors, but because the climate here is cool and the humidity is often low, this works.
Contrary to what is normally said, I have not found chameleons to pay much/any attention to their refelections. My female veileds consistently live to be over 6 and my males even older than that kept like this.