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RE: oustalets my experience

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Posted by: Carlton at Tue Oct 20 18:20:07 2009  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Carlton ]  
   

Actually, misting every day doesn't result in 100% humidity. So much depends on the relative humidity in the house or room and depending on where you live. I've kept many chams over many years and the montane species such as fischeri or deremensis really do need daily misting. I don't think I've ever reached 100% humidity in any cage under any misting regime. If your cham isn't drinking every day that's not necessarily unusual. A healthy hydrated established cham with good body fat reserves may not drink daily. My melleri often didn't.

I've traveled around Madagascar and there are many areas where Oustaleti does not exist in the wild. I wouldn't consider any cham a "desert" species except for the namaqua. Under the forest canopy in most cham habitats there is some daily humidity cycle from dew, fog, plant transpiration even in dry regions. A region may be dry, but the micro habitats where you'll actually find the cham will tend to be thickly brushed areas near riverbeds, lakes, or wetlands. A hygrometer reading will vary a lot depending on the exact spot you measure it.


   

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