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Kaidyn_mh27

New Member
I got a little bit bigger cage for my 3 month old vailed chameleon I put him it it and he started attempting to eat the plastics leaves he ate one plastic leaf before I could get to him I sat there for a minute and he was attempting to eat the plastic vines so I put him back in his old enclosure and he is fine what would cause this???
 

ERKleRose

Chameleon Enthusiast
Filling out this form in as much detail as possible, including pics of him, both of his entire cages, and his lights, will be super helpful for us to check and make sure your husbandry is at 100%!

Chameleon Info:
  • Your Chameleon - The species, sex, and age of your chameleon. How long has it been in your care?
  • Handling - How often do you handle your chameleon?
  • Feeding - What are you feeding your cham? What amount? What is the schedule? How are you gut-loading your feeders?
  • Supplements - What brand and type of calcium and vitamin products are you dusting your feeders with and what is the schedule?
  • Watering - What kind of watering technique do you use? How often and how long to you mist? Do you see your chameleon drinking?
  • Fecal Description - Briefly note colors and consistency from recent droppings. Has this chameleon ever been tested for parasites?
  • History - Any previous information about your cham that might be useful to others when trying to help you.

Cage Info:
  • Cage Type - Describe your cage (Glass, Screen, Combo?) What are the dimensions?
  • Lighting - What brand, model, and types of lighting are you using? What is your daily lighting schedule?
  • Temperature - What temp range have you created (cage floor to basking spot)? Lowest overnight temp? How do you measure these temps?
  • Humidity - What are your humidity levels? How are you creating and maintaining these levels? What do you use to measure humidity?
  • Plants - Are you using live plants? If so, what kind?
  • Placement - Where is your cage located? Is it near any fans, air vents, or high traffic areas? At what height is the top of the cage relative to your room floor?
  • Location - Where are you geographically located?

Current Problem - The current problem you are concerned about.

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Please Note:
  1. The more details you provide the better and more accurate help you will receive.
  2. Photos can be very helpful.
 

Klyde O'Scope

Chameleon Enthusiast
I got a little bit bigger cage for my 3 month old vailed chameleon I put him it it and he started attempting to eat the plastics leaves he ate one plastic leaf before I could get to him I sat there for a minute and he was attempting to eat the plastic vines so I put him back in his old enclosure and he is fine what would cause this???
Being a veiled chameleon.

It's what they do, and since we're (humans) taking them out of their natural environment and keeping them as pets, we have an obligation to protect them from their own proclivities when those behaviors could endanger them.
 

Kaidyn_mh27

New Member
Veileds will try to eat anything, so it is very important to only have live and veiled-tested chameleon safe plants in their enclosures! You can add/hang the plastic plants onto the outside of his enclosure to add more privacy, too!
What is a good live plant for a 3 month old vailed chameleon!!
 

ERKleRose

Chameleon Enthusiast
I'm attaching two great charts and a link, just be sure to pick veiled-tested ones! Also make sure to properly clean off the plants, repot them in organic soil that doesn't have chemical fertilizers or perlite, and add rocks too big for him to eat over the soil in the pots.
https://chameleonacademy.com/plants/
 

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Gingero

Chameleon Enthusiast
+1 for a pothos plant. Those are my go-to recommendation :) Going to throw in some helpful plant videos:







 

Klyde O'Scope

Chameleon Enthusiast
What is a good live plant for a 3 month old vailed chameleon!!
Anything on these lists:
https://chameleonacademy.com/plants/
https://www.madcham.de/en/pflanzen-fuers-terrarium/
https://www.chameleons.info/l/safe-and-unsafe-plants/
https://www.chameleonschool.com/safe-plants-for-chameleons/

The first link also describes how to use plants most effectively, putting them into categories:
  • Centerpiece
  • Trailing (and Climbing)
  • Wall Cover
  • Accent (for humans—I doubt chameleons are so discriminating)
 

Klyde O'Scope

Chameleon Enthusiast
I got a golden pothos
Perfect. They grow quickly, and are basically vines.

You'll likely need—or want—more than one plant. When planning your enclosure plants, consider their respective lighting & watering needs. "Full sun" plants will need to go close to the top, or you'll need more powerful lights. Some plants can—or can be intentionally used to—shade other plants. Plants requiring dry soil can be challenging, especially with a mister going off several times a day.
 
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