New chameleon owner.

Sally13

New Member
:) Hey everyone,

Im going to be owning my first chameleon soon and i was wondering if anyone could give some pointers.

It would be greatly appreciated.:D
 
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Heika

New Member
Hi Sally,

Welcome to the forum!

Pointers:

1) Have lots of time.
2) Start with a male cham, so you don't have to deal with reproduction before you have regular husbandry perfected.
3) Buy a captive bred animal over three months old from a reputible dealer so you won't have to struggle with acclimation and worms.
4) A healthy cham drinks a bunch of water. When you build or purchase a cage, consider drainage to be one of the very important aspects of caring for him properly.
5) Either have the time to mist 3-4 times a day for 15-20 minutes each time, or buy/make an automatic misting system.
6) Safe, live plants make for a better environment than silk and plastic plants.
7) Bug variety keeps your cham interested in eating. Roaches, crickets, silkworms, butterworms, superworms, mealworms, waxworms, grasshoppers, moths, mantids, a few others. You might want to start establishing colonies of insects now.
8) UVB lighting is really important. Do your research when selecting your bulb. I like the reptisun 10.0 made by Zoomed. Remember that UVB can't penetrate plastic, so those slimline units with the plastic cover over the bulb are useless.
9) Don't try to save money because you will regret it in the long run.
10) Have lots of money available, because these guys are expensive. Expect to spend $1000 plus in your first 6 months.
11) Find a vet that specializes in exotics, and then call and ask the staff the last time they saw a chameleon. Find the most experienced person in your area. In my town, there are no experienced chameleon vets, and my cham has been suffering because of it.
12) Research, research, and more research. Good places to start:

http://www.chameleonnews.com/
http://www.chameleonsdish.com/
http://www.adcham.com/
http://www.chameleonjournals.com/

Good books to own:

Nature's Hidden Jewels- Petr Necas
Chameleons: Their Care and Breeding- Linda Davison
Thoughts for Food- CiN publication
Understanding Reptile Parisites- Roger Klingenberg

I am sure I am missing some stuff, but there are lots of people on this list with lots of knowledge who will add to it.

Heika
 

Drake

New Member
Yes thanks Heika for posting those links as well!

Good luck Sally! What type of Chameleon are you looking to get?
 

Sally13

New Member
I just got him today.

Hes a veiled Chameleon and hesdoing really well.

Hes been eating and drinking so i guess thats a really good sign.

He is so cute. Ill post pictures as soon as i can.:D
 

Drake

New Member
Congrats! :D

Get them pics up ASAP hehe.

Now the hard part, what are you gonna name it? I still haven't named mine yet and I had them for over 3 weeks. If your looking to buy alot of crickets, mealworms or wax worms, I recently ordered www.cricketfactory.com, and they where excellent in terms of packing and shipping and quality.

Good luck with your new pet!
 

Sally13

New Member
Do you know when i could start feeding mine mealworms?:confused:

when they turn brown when theyre feeding does that mean theyre stressed or just camaflouged(spelling?)?:confused:
 

Brad

Administrator
Staff member
Hi Sally13, welcome to the Chameleon Forums :) ;)

Heika posted some excellent advice above. How old is your new veiled cham? Generally, any food item should not be larger than your cham's head. Larger food items could possibly cause choking or internal blockage. I always recommend adding silkworms to a cham's diet. They are one of the best feed items you can get commercially and are high in moisture.
 

Sally13

New Member
He is about 2 months old and the crickets are really small.
hes been eating them with ease.

hes been doing great.:D Hes eating and drinking. i was just concerned when he turned brown while he was eating the crickets from the cup.

when do you think i should start eeding him worms?
 

JonathanF

New Member
Sally13 said:
He is about 2 months old and the crickets are really small.
hes been eating them with ease.

hes been doing great.:D Hes eating and drinking. i was just concerned when he turned brown while he was eating the crickets from the cup.

when do you think i should start eeding him worms?
Chameleons change colors mostly because of their moods. If your chameleon changes to a darker color, either hes really irritated or maybe hes just basking. They will turn darker colors when basking to absorb more heat...odds are this is whats happening to yours. Is he eating under his basking spot?

Are you dusting your crikets with a calcium/vitamin supplement? I you arent, you should, I use repcal. check this link:

http://chameleonsonly.com/Supplements.htm


good luck with everything.:)
 

Sally13

New Member
No, he eats closer to the ground....

and yeah i am dusting them with a calcium supplement.

I think its because i watch to see if hes eatin and that stresses him out.
Ill try and back off a bit when hes eating.
 

Drake

New Member
That could be why. I know whenever I look at one of my Chameleons, they start rocking back and forth hoping they trick me into thinking their a leaf.
 

Sally13

New Member
Hey, i have a question.....

My veiled cham has two white spots on his nostrils.
it went away but then it came back can someone tell me what this is?:confused:
 

Brad

Administrator
Staff member
sally:

Sorry I missed your question earlier. It is always best to start a new thread for new questions. About the white spots, are these spots on the skin or small salt like deposits? I assume you are looking at small salt deposits on your cham's nostrils (let me know if this is incorrect). These are somewhat normal. Chameleons excrete salt through their nostrils. How is your humidity? I am not sure of the correlation, but I usually see the deposits more when the humidity levels are not ideal. Have any pics?
 

Brad

Administrator
Staff member
Humidity is a very important factor in chameleon husbandry. Chameleons can be very sensitive to humidity levels. I recommend purchasing a humidity gauge as soon as possible.
 
veiled chameleons have salt deposit that come out of there nose it is completely normal. i had the same question about that when with my first chameleon and i found that out
 
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