New here, just saying hello!

Discussion in 'The Lizard Lounge' started by Ophelia, Dec 12, 2010.

  1. Ophelia

    Ophelia New Member

    Hi guys! My name is Ophelia (or just Opi) Just adopted my first veiled chameleon, her name is Chloe and she is two months old. We adopted her from a professor at our school, she is one of the fourth generation he's bred. As a rule, he's always kept his outside (we live in south FL) but its been much to cold to put her outside since we brought her home. Going to post a few pics and I would love to feed back if any of you have the time- THANKS!
     

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  2. Julirs

    Julirs New Member

    Do you havd a UVB light on here? I see a variety of lights on top of the cage?
     
  3. Ophelia

    Ophelia New Member

    Yes, the daytime lights include the uvb, and a 75 watt clamp light.
    The nighttime light is an infrared light...
     
  4. jannb

    jannb Chameleon Enthusiast

  5. Julirs

    Julirs New Member

    What type of light is the UVB? Coiled compacts are potentially dangerous and bad for chameleon eyes depending on brand. I also live in Florida, and when temps drop below 50 everyone comes in. You do not need any night heating for even babies if temps are above 60. There should be no light at night. If temps are below what I suggested, heat the room they are in or use a ceramic heater with caution.
     
  6. Ophelia

    Ophelia New Member

    Using a 26w Repti glow (exo terra). It says 5.0 uvb
    We have pretty poor heating in the house, its pretty drafty, (Im almost always in socks) so id be worried about heat at night time-
    Are you saying I should cut out the infrared altogether?
     
  7. Ophelia

    Ophelia New Member

    Thanks! I knew they laid eggs without breeding (like chickens)
    But what age should we start looking for this behavior?
    We have a bio cube we used to use for salt water fish we figured we'd set up. It'll be easy for her to dig in it, and we can easily set up all the necessary lights and such in it - we dont want to use it as our main tank primarily because of stagnant air. I was told they shouldnt have air thats been standing - so we use a screen tank as you can see..
     
  8. jannb

    jannb Chameleon Enthusiast

    At 5 months old I would provide a laying bin for her at all times. My laying blog will tell you how to set one up.
     
  9. Ophelia

    Ophelia New Member

    Already read through the links you gave me- very good stuff, thanks!

    I have a question about her colors- Normally she's a nice pale green, but usually about the time she eats, she gets a darker green pattern to her- I posted a pic of it. Is that normal? I thought they only look that way when they're stressed :/
     
  10. Ophelia

    Ophelia New Member

    Heres a pic of what im talking about
     

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  11. jannb

    jannb Chameleon Enthusiast

    Those are stress colors but sometimes they will just flash those colors for awhile.
     
  12. Ophelia

    Ophelia New Member

    Also, what are the key tips on handling.
    My main fear is giving her a staph infection. I'd imagine thats pretty easy to do- so I make sure to wash my hands with unscented soaps before I handle her every time- But I feel like im not doing it enough, or she is just anti-social.
    We take her out of the tank about two three times a day right now...
    Would handling her more be the right answer? I dont want her to be a shy pet... Asking to much?
     
  13. jannb

    jannb Chameleon Enthusiast

    I don't think you need to worry so much about staph infection. To my knowledge it's not common with chams.

    I am a firm beliver in not cageing animals. Free ranged chams are much happier and healthier IMO. You can check out my profile albums if you are interested. I would highly recommend a large plant or tree for her to hang on when you have her out of the cage and eventually setting up a real FR for her if you have a safe area to do so.
     

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