pothos, golden?

Discussion in 'Health Clinic' started by Snatch, Jan 31, 2008.

  1. Snatch

    Snatch New Member

    i just came back from home depot and i bought for my chameleon a pothos "golden", was wondering if it would be safe for my chameleon. I know pothos arent toxic but im not a plant guy but i know there are many kinds of plants and was wondering if the "golden" was good?.. hope i dont sound stupid, rather be stupid with a healthy cham then not look stupid with a dead cham.. then again having a dead cham would make me feel pretty damn stupid :)
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  2. SuperRad

    SuperRad New Member

    Epipremnum aureus (pothos) are golden pothos. They are only poisonous if eaten in large quanities. But then again there are some members here who use them exclusively and have had them stripped down with no problems to their chams.
  3. SuperRad

    SuperRad New Member

    Hmm i just saw this post on another thread from today. So i am not sure. They list golden pothos as Scindapsus aureus. but this other link from aspca.org for golden pothos is http://www.aspca.org/site/PageServer?pagename=pro_apcc_toxic_goldenpothos which is the pothos most people use in their enclosures. I'm sure it all comes down to mislabeling

  4. dodolah

    dodolah Retired Moderator

    Golden Photos/ scindapsus aureus/ epipremnum aureus is perfectly fine for your chameleon.
    Do know that they have oxalate contents that can block your chameleon's calcium absorption when eaten too much.
    Generally, if you have other plants in your enclosure, your chameleon will tend to eat that plant instead of pothos. I have 2 bushy pothos, i medium size umbrella tree, and 1 big hibiscus. My chameleon only eats the ficus and the hibiscus leaves.

    It is not a stupid question at all.
    Because Golden Pothos does have a poisonous cousin called Philodendron that looked almost identical.
  5. Dodolah. Philodendron is a genus of hundres upon hundreds of plants. Some of which contain toxic or less desired properties for chameleons. Pothos is a close relative.

    The plant is fine to use, it's supposed to be able to cause problems from the high oxalate content as dodolah described, however there are several veileds who have been reported to consume it large amounts on a daily basis.
  6. dodolah

    dodolah Retired Moderator

    Thank for clarifying that up, Will.
    The one that i meant is the heart leafed philodendron.
  7. Yeah, in the nurseries most are just labeled as "philodendron" so it's become kinda an all use name.

    Anyways, fantastic plant, able to withstand near anything.
  8. Snatch

    Snatch New Member

    Thanks for the information, guess ill keep it in there. I was looking for a ficus benjamin at home depot buy couldnt find any and saw this pothos and rememberd hearing it was good, but then wasnt to sure so i asked you guys.. and girls :).. anyway thank i don have 1 ore question, anyone know if this ultrasonic humidifier is any good ?


    Can i hook it up to a pipe for like a mist nozel ive seen in some pics?
    thanks ahead of time for your time
  9. dodolah

    dodolah Retired Moderator

    i have one and i love it.
    I use it for raising up the general humidity of the whole room, though.
    (not just the cham's cage)
  10. Snatch

    Snatch New Member

    thanks dodolah, but can i put a pvc on it ? or is there no need?

    More and more questions.. haha i just orderd my panther, im so excited.. getting it this tuesday, so i want to make sure i get the last two things, the right humidifier and food :D

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