Safe Plants for new Vivarium


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Ok Gals and Gentleman, This questions probly Get Asked 100 times a week. I have good knowledge of poisonous plants. but I am not in any means an expert.

I am Updating Uncle Sneaky Castroo's cage to have a ton of new plants. but I got questions on a few since the internet gives me conflicting results when I search the inter-web.
Are these Plants good for a Cham

Cuban Oregano (Don't know botanical name)
Bignonia Capreolata (Tangerine Crossvine)
Russellia equisetiformis (Coral Grass)
Fejioa sellowiana (Pinneaple guava)
Portulacaria afra (Elephants food)
Aptenia Cordifolia (Hearts and Flowers)
Polystichum munitum (Sword Fern)

Plants I have already and know are safe (Hopefully) are:
Hibiscus rosa sinensis
Fatsia japonica (Japanese Aralia)
Ficus Pumila (Creeping Fig)
Ficus Benjamina (Weeping Fig)

I would also like to hear your thoughts, opinions, and recommendations on safe plants.


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Unless the plant is listed as poisonous (not just "may cause stomach upset" due to oxalate crystals - actual toxins present), is known to cause skin irritation/dermatitis, etc, I'm of the mind that you can use whatever you want as long as your Veiled isn't a pathological plant eater. Even then, we don't have any proof of plant toxicity to back anything up (that I can find), so who's to say what's safe or not to begin with? Reptiles =/= mammals, and most data available regarding safe plants is on cats/dogs/humans.

I use whatever catches my eye. As of right now, my 3 and a half month old Veiled girl isn't interested in plants. If this changes and she starts eating everything, I may need to amend my stance.

I don't see any red flags on your list, in any case. A bite here or there won't hurt your boy.
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Hashtag ChamLife

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I really want a birds of Paradise but my husband won’t let me take a trimming from the local McDonald’s :rolleyes:
Here in Fl, they're everywhere. I have 4 of them, 2 typical orange and 2 whites. I've been looking for the red ones, but they're hard to find!

They're great cover in cham cages, my males loved his. I couldn't get it to produce a bird in the cage however. They're pretty even when they don't bloom though.
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