CHAMELEONOCULTURE: Chameleon Captive Husbandry

 

Autumn Changes

15/11/2020

Have you noticed any strange, unusual, as yet unregistered behavior of your chameleons?Do they drink more?Have they changed colors, are they dark or light colored?Do they dig deeper into the vegetation?Are they hiding?Did they stop eating?Are they nervous, shy and biting?Do you mist as usual, yet the chameleon still has significantly more orange...

You all know me well. I am a bad boy. I shout on people because of chameleons. There's one day or better to say one night in a year when I can do it legally LOL. So I do. I have compiled the most frequent shouts of myself as they represent also the most frequent mistake in Chamaeleon husbandry...

I am sorry to not be enthusiastic about gutloading, and this comment is made not to offend anyone but itnis finally time to face the FACTS and NOT continue with the gutloading nonsense that has spread as a fashion accross internet...You get recommendations how to feed apples, papaya, orange, lettuce, collard greens and spirulina and rosted almonds,...

Let us be candor now.The keeping of chameleons in captivity is, with the exception of a handful of species that are well established in breeding programs, and with the exception of few top specialists, actually a disaster. Most of the chameleon species do not survive the after-import adaptation process and very few reproduce. On contrary, once we...

If the branches become:
> too moist or
> too small or
> poisonous or
> bleeched or
> poisoned or
> mossy or
> contaminated with germs or
> the soles of chameleons get injured.

To study veterinary sciences needs high intelligence, endurance and passion. Not everyone can do so. The studies last for many many years, to be continued with continual education and certifications afterwards - during the practical phase of their profession.Exotic animals are taught as a separate subject at some universities only and...

Besides right temperatures, humidity and hydration, the air quality is one of the key abiotic factors influencing comfort and quality of life of the chameleons in the wild and consequently, it is a crucial vital factor in chameleon naturalistic husbandry.

Cold Or Hot?

06/09/2020

Breeders, keepers and even VETS often recommend showers, baths it soaks or wraps in warm water...

I want here to be a devil's advocate...I hate the races of whose female laid more eggs! Be not proud of it, It is a sign of inadequate and harmful care actually!

Chameleons are surrounded by so many myths has almost no other animal in the world. And by expanding their presence in the captivity, new myths appear "like mushrooms after the rain"(Old Czech Saying)...

The very frequent question in Chameleoculture is: "What plants should/should I use for my captive environment?" As in any questions, it is much better to understand the context and function which the plants play in the ecosystems and what specific relationship and meaning they have for the arboreal (or arboricolous) chameleons, rather than to get a...

Running through care sheets and discussions on many websites (eg. 1) and even reading some books (eg. 2), you will find many recommendations against feeding bees and wasps to chameleons with sometimes very strange recommendations like removing the stingers or absolutely excluding them from diet and alarming about their being life threatening.

Chameleon lives, due to their very unique life history, depend on their eyes. Eye are their absolutely dominant sensory organ, taking part in securing the life of them as individuals and evolutionary lineage. As such, it has a unique structure (fused eyelids e.g.) and size, basing however on a standard lower vertebrate eye model.

As a part of naturalistic chameleon husbandry approach, natural branches are the only one interior of the cage recommended, suitable for climbing (next to living plants), in no way any artificial materials are to be used, no ropes, no fabrics, no plastics, no fake vines, no exposed wood, no bamboo, no ladders, swings etc.

Couple of years or even months ago, a big surprise was to talk about pollen. Nowadays, bee pollen is a standard daily part of the diet of chameleons in captivity (same as in the wild), and a regular part of the supplementation schedule - side by side to calcium powder, vitamin D3 and multivitamin mixtures. It was a king fight...

One of the very often reported issues in male panther chameleons imported from Madagascar is that they simply do not want to mate. So, in the seek of getting new genetics and fresh blood in the breeding lines, the approach of getting wild-caught animals from the wild often fails.
And people try whatever to change it and sometimes they...

As is already known, most animals in the captivity suffer overfeeding and obesity.
The last phase of subsequent gaining weight is demonstrated by a puffy casque and cheeks.
The beautifully shaped healthy athletic chameleons undergo a metamorphosis into poor and ugly monsters... Health problems and drastically shortened lifespan is the typical...