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bryan812

New Member
I thought that I should stop and say hello to everyone. This site looks like it is full of very smart caring people and their pets... I really like that.

Me and my Bride-to-be lol. Are doing some research and fact finding before we make the jump into owning a chameleon. I do have a few questions

1. What types of chameleons can be housed together?

2. I read on a different forum where a guy had tree frogs in with his chameleon is this safe?

3. I am assuming that breeding is a hard thing to do with these critters?

4. Can the exo terra cages be used? If they can what breeds can you use a glass cage like this as upposed to using a screened in cage?

5. Anything else we should know that you want to share with us????

Thank you all once again for any information that you can share with us.

Signed,
Bryan & Sara
 
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Julirs

New Member
The only ones that I know that can be housed together are Pygmies. They can be kept in aquarium type enlosures. All others should be kept in screen type enlosures. They should not be kept with any other animals. Research your brains out because these are not at all easy animals to keep, and they will take alot of time and money to keep right. Also keep in mind that they are generally not social and most do not like to be handled. Not trying to scare you off at all, just trying to be honest. This forum is amazing. Don't be afraid to ask very specific questions, you will always get very honest answers! As far as breeding, most chams lay eggs that take anywhere from 6-18 months to hatch.
 

kinyonga

Chameleon Enthusiast
Welcome to the forum Bryan and Sara!

You said..."I am assuming that breeding is a hard thing to do with these critters?"...some species are difficult to breed and others are not very hard.

You asked about using glass or screened cages....many people recommend full screen cages. Some keep theirs in cages that are partially screened and others keep them in glass cages with screen lids. Partly what is used depends on where you live and part of it is preference. Glass cages have drawbacks such as water buildup, limited airflow while all screen cages are more of a challenge to keep the temperatures and humidity up in.

You said..."Anything else we should know that you want to share with us????"...with some species thefemales can lay eggs without being mated....so you need to provide a place for them to dig/lay eggs. Supplementation, gutloading and feeding your insects a nutritious diet, appropriate temperatures, hydration, UVB from either sunlight or UVB tube lights (which must not pass through glass or plastic)...these are all important.

Here are some sites that have good information...
http://adcham.com/
http://www.chameleonnews.com/
http://web.archive.org/web/20060502...rnals.com/vet/index.php?show=5.Vitamin.A.html
http://www.uvguide.co.uk/skintests.htm#discussion
 

pohchunyee

Avid Member
Depends on personal preference. I love using reptarium, they are not so hard on the nails. Other love aluminum screen cage. For pygmies on the other hand, you will need an aquarium.

Cage size, for babies - 6 month old, i use a 1ft x 1ft x 2ft tall cage. 6 - 1 years old and adult female, 2ft x 2ft x 3ft tall. Adult male is housed in a 2ft x 2ft x 4ft tall cage (for larger species).
 
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