Took my 2 year old too the Portland Oregon Zoo yesterday. They ended up having a Panther chameleon. I wasnt sure on the local, looks like a sambava, but I found the enclosure...lacking. What are your thoughts?
Wondering what the lighting, watering, temps, feeders, supplements, etc are like... as for the enclosure, I'd like a few more plants and branches, at least from the picture it looks lacking. Any idea what that bowl is for?
Not that it's any excuse, but they probably purposely didnt put a lot of foliage cover in there so he couldn't hide from the zoo visitors
Ahh! I remember seeing that enclosure a couple years back. I recall it being more filled in with plants. Unfortunately I understand where the zoo is coming from when displaying animals they have to keep it more accessible for guests to view. I’m sure if you talk to one of the zoo keepers and make suggestions they’d give you a better understanding of how and why they are setting up their enclosures in that fashion. Not that the enclosure is 100% perfect, and it can use quite a bit of improvement, but sometimes there are regulations where a zoo or a store has to have a water dish placed in every enclosure.
I. Hate. This! The amount of people that I've corrected on this at my work when theyve made that comment when I said I was getting a chameleon is astounding. My biggest pet peeve!Probably. The zoo guide was talking about how they blend into their environment by changing the pigment 9f their skin... I interrupted very rudely and corrected her... in front of the entire group of people lol.
Fair. My largest issue is the sand. Sand is a well known cause of impaction in most reptiles. The chameleon is eating the sand with the crickets...
my biggest question it that he's a HE so why is there a need for sand especially when they could be using a bioactive substrate instead, i imagine that would be better for him
yes but in that cage is only sand, i think bioactive with the right amount of sand and soil mix would be more beneficial for himYou're right, but most bio substrates use sand in the mix. Mine sure uses a ton. With an hour of misting a day I need the added drainage. Panther chams also come from areas with a lot of sand.