New Veiled Chameleon Owner.

kiljay

New Member
Hi all..
Joined the site the other day, i must say its been very helpfull!

My name is Jay,
I have a young Veiled Chameleon called STEEVE!

I will try and add some pictures later.

Thanks.
 

kinyonga

Chameleon Enthusiast
Welcome to the world of chameleons!

Look at the heels on the back feet...if there is a little bump out called a tarsal spur then its a male. (BTW...this does not apply to all species of chameleon.)...
http://web.archive.org/web/20060819051951/www.adcham.com/html/husbandry/glossary/tarsalspur.html


Here's some information you might find helpful......
Exposure to proper UVB, appropriate temperatures, supplements, a supply of well-fed/gutloaded insects, water and an appropriate cage set-up are all important for the well-being of your chameleon.

Appropriate cage temperatures aid in digestion and thus play a part indirectly in nutrient absorption.

Exposure to UVB from either direct sunlight or a proper UVB light allows the chameleon to produce D3 so that it can use the calcium in its system to make/keep the bones strong and be used in other systems in the chameleon as well. The UVB should not pass through glass or plastic no matter whether its from the sun or the UVB light. The most often recommended UVB light is the long linear fluorescent Repti-sun 5.0 tube light. Some of the compacts, spirals and tube lights have caused health issues, but so far there have been no bad reports against this one.

Since many of the feeder insects have a poor ratio of calcium to phosphorus in them, its important to dust the insects before you feed them to the chameleon with a phos.-free calcium powder to help make up for it. (I use Rep-cal phosphorus-free calcium).

If you dust twice a month with a phos.-free calcium/D3 powder it will ensure that your chameleon gets some D3 without overdoing it. It leaves the chameleon to produce the rest of what it needs through its exposure to the UVB light. D3 from supplements can build up in the system but D3 produced from exposure to UVB shouldn't as long as the chameleon can move in and out of it. (I use Rep-cal phos.-free calcium/D3).

Dusting twice a month with a vitamin powder that contains a beta carotene (prOformed) source of vitamin A will ensure that the chameleon gets some vitamins without the danger of overdosing the vitamin A. PrEformed sources of vitamin A can build up in the system and may prevent the D3 from doing its job and push the chameleon towards MBD. However, there is controversy as to whether all/any chameleons can convert the beta carotene and so some people give some prEformed vitamin A once in a while. (I use herptivite.)

Gutloading/feeding the insects well helps to provide what the chameleon needs. I gutload crickets, roaches, locusts, superworms, etc. with an assortment of greens (dandelions, kale, collards, endive, escarole, mustard greens, etc.) and veggies (carrots, squash, sweet potato, sweet red pepper, zucchini, etc.)

Calcium, phos., D3 and vitamin A are important players in bone health and other systems in the chameleon (muscles, etc.) and they need to be in balance. When trying to balance them, you need to look at the supplements, what you feed the insects and what you feed the chameleon.

Here are some good sites for you to read...
http://chameleonnews.com/07FebWheelock.html
http://web.archive.org/web/200605020...Vitamin.A.html
http://web.archive.org/web/200604210...d.Calcium.html
http://www.uvguide.co.uk/
http://raisingkittytheveiledchameleon.blogspot.com/
http://web.archive.org/web/200601140...ww.adcham.com/
 

ghettomike

New Member
welcome to the forums where all your questions can be answered and you can learn how to raise a healthy cham through proper husbandry (which Kinyonga's post will get you well on your way) . I love the name by the way. Will it stay the same if it is a female?
 

kiljay

New Member
welcome to the forums where all your questions can be answered and you can learn how to raise a healthy cham through proper husbandry (which Kinyonga's post will get you well on your way) . I love the name by the way. Will it stay the same if it is a female?
Yep we are going to keep the name even if its a girl (Stevie Nicks Fleetwood Mac) :D

At what age do they get the spurs on there feet?
As the man who picked STEEVE out from the Vivairiums in there said that none of them had spurs, and he litterally picked out 8-9 before we chose STEEVE.
 

jrh3

Established Member
Yep we are going to keep the name even if its a girl (Stevie Nicks Fleetwood Mac) :D

At what age do they get the spurs on there feet?
As the man who picked STEEVE out from the Vivairiums in there said that none of them had spurs, and he litterally picked out 8-9 before we chose STEEVE.
They have the spurs at birth if they are males. It might be a she, if you can post pics of rear feet we will be glad to sex it for you.
 
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