So I am heading to the Steel City Reptile Expo in two weeks. I am looking to purchase a chameleon (hopefully a panther but due to finances perhaps a veiled)
I need to know what I should look for in picking out my chameleon. Is it best to purchase a youngin or an older, fullsized chameleon? I would love to get a male and female pair. Do I need to get them from the same breeder as a mated pair or is it ok to survey all the booths and mix/match. I would prefer ones around 8 months but I'm not sure if that is a best practice.
Besides characteristics like bones sticking out and scaled missing are there any things that I should be on the lookout for? Could mites be an issue and if so how can I spot them? Also is it acceptable to haggle at a reptile expo? Is it possible to put a reptile "on hold" for an hour or so in case I need more time to look around?
Also I would like very much to get a pair of dart frogs. I have done some research and it seems there are conflicting opinions on the breeds that do best in captivity. Can anyone help me out with this? Also I have basically the same questions about which to pick. Besides mal-nutrition and scars etc. what should I look for to make sure the frog is healthy? Should I get a youngin or an adult? Can I get a male and a female or should I stick to two females?
Any advice from people who have tables at expos or just expo going reptile enthusiasts would be greatly appreciated. I am travelling far for this and I would like very much to be successful in my endeavors.