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RE: getting prepared

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Posted by: sandrachameleon at Sat Nov 29 22:32:00 2008  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by sandrachameleon ]  
   

You asked what you'd need as far as setup.

And adult Panther or Veiled Chameleon would be happy in a cages 4’tall x2’wide x2’deep. Screen enclosures are fine. You have to be sure to get strong enough UVB lamp to penetrate the fine mesh though. Remember to replace UVB linear tubes every 6 months.
Yes, you can use a heat lamp suspended above a screen cage. Note: if you keep the ambient room temperature around 72F daytime, your basking bulb need not be particularily high watt to make a gradient from 85F in the basking spot (note this is for adults, young ones need less heat).

No chameleon is considered good for beginners. But vields and panthers are a little less difficult than other chameleons. Vields are least expensive, as little as $50 but of course you could pay double that easily for a good one. males are easier than females, since you dont have to deal with eggs.

Vary the feeder insect diet as much as possible. Crickets, silkworms, roaches, kingworms/superworms, butterworms, stick insects, isopods, moths, hornworms, etc. Remember to gutload the insects, use a calcium supplement, occasionally a vitamin supplement, occasionally a d3 supplement.

Pothos and Schefflera are the two most commonly used plants for inside the enclosure (make sure to wash off pesticides). Humidty should be 40-60% (dry out a bit between misting).
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