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RE: Found a chameleon - advice needed!

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Posted by: sandrachameleon at Sun Jun 8 23:46:19 2008  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by sandrachameleon ]  
   

Hello. Joyce is lucky you found her and have enough care and experience to keep her!
I keep Panther chams rather than vields, but I'll try to answer your questions.

No, She does not appear full grown.

As the cage is fairly large, you may want to hang the cup with the feeder insects just below and close to whatever perch she most prefers, for now, to ensure she finds the food. An opaque feeding cup may be better than a clear one, as she may try to shoot her tongue through the sides of a clear cup.

If her only UVB will be from bulbs, yes include Vit D with the Calcium ( phos.-free calcium/D3 powder), but not at every feed. Maybe weekly or every two weeks with the Vit D, and once daily for the Calcium.

A wide selection of gut-loaded insects is also important to ensure good health. Silkworms, butterworms, roaches, crickets that are gut loaded, hornworms, some moths, wood sows, phasmids, gut loaded meal worms, kingworms, etc. Feed the crickets an assortment of greens like dandelion, kale, collards, curly endive, escarole, Romain, mustard greens, and veggies like carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, and a little fruit, such as applie, pear.

In addition to the calcium and a range of gutloaded insects, you might want to use a vitamin dust maybe twice a month, lightly. Choose a vit powder that has a beta carotene source of vitamin A. Since veileds are omnivores once they are about 5 or six months, so you can supply veggies; the same as listed above for the crickets should work, along with hibiscus flowers.

Make sure the plant you provided is non-toxic, and wash it thouroughly to ensure no fertalizers or pestacides are on it. Same for the dirt (or cover it with rocks larger than she could possibly eat).

As for egg laying, some people move their cham out to a bin with the damp sand (or whatever medium). But I prefer to keep a laying container (two by two by two feet) in my females cages all the time. Less stress. I put a lid on the laying container when it's definately not going to be in use, so that it doesnt get contaminated with poop.

Other critical things to watch for are humidity, temperature gradiant, etc.

Some websites:
http://www.adcham.com
http://chamownersweb.net/husbandry/faq.htmwww.chameleonnews.com
http://www.uvguide.co.uk/index.htm
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Sandra
BC Canada


   

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