My new translucent Cham

salty dog

Chameleon Enthusiast
Please read care sheets for this species of cham.......... there is a trove of info on this website about veiled chams husbandry and their vivarium home, the heat light out of the viv. Now! you need way more branches and plants and a linear uv light
 

Jack135

Member
Please read care sheets for this species of cham.......... there is a trove of info on this website about veiled chams husbandry and their vivarium home, the heat light out of the viv. Now! you need way more branches and plants and a linear uv light
I’ve read literally everything and I wasn’t aware he needed mor branches he is eating well and is a very bright green, what is a linear UV?
 

MissSkittles

Chameleon Enthusiast
I’ve read literally everything and I wasn’t aware he needed mor branches he is eating well and is a very bright green, what is a linear UV?
Linear T5 fixture with 5.0 uvb bulb like this. This brand comes with the bulb. Bulbs lose effectiveness after 6 months and you’ll need to replace it.
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Brodybreaux25

Chameleon Enthusiast
I doo agree you need more branches but what you really need is more foliage. A chameleons #1 defense against predation is its ability to blend in and stay hidden. Obviously your Cham doesn’t really have to worry about predation too much but they can’t override their instinct. Ideally you should have to actually look for your Cham for a couple of seconds when approaching the viv. Not all the time but occasionally. You should also try to build in one place where you cham can go and be completely hidden. This is for their comfort but the foliage I mentioned previously is for their health.

By having lots of foliage and branches of various thicknesses you are creating different gradients for your cham to move into and out of at will to meet their bodily needs. Start by placing a couple larger plants in your viv and connect them with a few branches. Then backfill the other gaps with smaller plants and connect them to your bigger plants with more branches. What gaps you have remaining should be filled with a few branches here and there so your Cham can access these areas as well. It’s a balancing act, you will need to play with it a bit, careful to not congest the viv by jamming too much in there.

To review:
-To a Cham, foliage and hiding spots = security.
-Think of the plants as towns/cities and the branches as the roads that connect them.
-Remember, empty space in a viv = wasted space.

If you’d be interested, we could review your husbandry with you to ensure your getting a solid start. Fill out the help form if interested.

I encourage you to look at many different vivs to tune your set up, don’t just copy the first one someone throws at you.

Ballpark density goal:
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Jack135

Member
I doo agree you need more branches but what you really need is more foliage. A chameleons #1 defense against predation is its ability to blend in and stay hidden. Obviously your Cham doesn’t really have to worry about predation too much but they can’t override their instinct. Ideally you should have to actually look for your Cham for a couple of seconds when approaching the viv. Not all the time but occasionally. You should also try to build in one place where you cham can go and be completely hidden. This is for their comfort but the foliage I mentioned previously is for their health.

By having lots of foliage and branches of various thicknesses you are creating different gradients for your cham to move into and out of at will to meet their bodily needs. Start by placing a couple larger plants in your viv and connect them with a few branches. Then backfill the other gaps with smaller plants and connect them to your bigger plants with more branches. What gaps you have remaining should be filled with a few branches here and there so your Cham can access these areas as well. It’s a balancing act, you will need to play with it a bit, careful to not congest the viv by jamming too much in there.

To review:
-To a Cham, foliage and hiding spots = security.
-Think of the plants as towns/cities and the branches as the roads that connect them.
-Remember, empty space in a viv = wasted space.

If you’d be interested, we could review your husbandry with you to ensure your getting a solid start. Fill out the help form if interested.

I encourage you to look at many different vivs to tune your set up, don’t just copy the first one someone throws at you.

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Ok thanks he is always hiding behind these plastic hanging leaf things I have bought
 

Brodybreaux25

Chameleon Enthusiast
Ok thanks he is always hiding behind these plastic hanging leaf things I have bought
That’s why, he’s got to be comfortable inside his viv before you start working on getting him comfortable outside his viv. Should help a lot!

Everyone thinks I’m being a dick when I say that but it’s undeniable that Ash fits. One of my firefighter friends has a dog named Embers, not a bad name either...
 

salty dog

Chameleon Enthusiast
I'd like to say chams are arboreal, in nature they hide in tree tops, they climb to hide, so when you tweak your setup keep that in mind
 
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