Taking care of a pet chameleon is quite easy, especially if you know what to feed and keep him happy. What requires effort, however, is setting up your pet’s specific place in the house and that would be his cage, providing appropriate cage “furniture” and hiding spaces. Chameleon species (live in trees) should be provided with horizontal and vertical tree branches or other appropriate climbing material.
About Housing of Chameleon
How to easily create a habitat for your chameleon that mirrors their natural environment and makes them feel right at home!
It is important for your chameleon pet to have a piece of his natural habitat inside his cage. Choose a cage that is easy to clean, Ease of cleaning is a good reason to choose a less complicated substrate. In order to minimize parasites, bacteria, and other organisms that cause disease, it is essential to be able to clean thoroughly and frequently.
The floor of the enclosure should be covered with a material that is disposable, inexpensive, nontoxic, and nonabrasive. The best ground coverings, or substrates, are those that provide the least amount of area for microbial growth and help make cage cleaning easy. Newspaper, sand, peat moss.
The cage should be placed in a good part of the house. Chameleons need sunlight, but since they don’t like the heat that much, it is ideal to place their cage in a part where the sun shines only at a particular time of the day, such as mornings.
The daily cycle of light and darkness, called the photoperiod, affects the behavior and physical functions of all animals. Photoperiod requirements for reptiles are based on daily activity cycles.
Feeding behavior, activity, In reptiles, is improved with full-spectrum light, which has qualities similar to natural sunlight and includes ultraviolet (UV) rays. Fluorescent bulbs that produce UVB wavelengths in the range of 290 to 320 nanometers are the most appropriate for reptile
Ultraviolet-producing bulbs should be placed near resting or basking areas so that the reptile can obtain adequate ultraviolet exposure. Typical ultraviolet-producing lights should be within 18 inches of resting or basking areas, while mercury vapor lamps can be several feet away
It is a good idea to place thermometers in both the directly heated and unheated regions of the enclosure. Under tank heaters are also useful heat sources for chameleon when used with a basking light, they can provide heat at night as well as during the day.
Water and Humidity Requirements
Requirements for water intake are linked to the availability of water in the reptile’s natural habitat. Small lizards (such as annuals and true chameleons) drink by lapping water droplets that accumulate through condensation. Missing the environment or creating a drip system provides options for water intake.
The humidity should mimic that of the natural environment of the reptile. Excessive low humidity (less than 35%) can result in dry skin and abnormal skin shedding, especially in species that are not used in a dry environment. Excessive high humidity (greater than 70%) can result in skin infections
Cleanliness is essential for successful long-term maintenance of reptiles. Cages should be kept free of any urine or animal droppings, and uneaten food should be removed and disposed of daily. Internal parasites are one of the most common health problems seen in reptiles in Cages
All substrates should be completely replaced at least every 3 months. Likewise, aquatic and terrestrial environments should be disassembled and disinfected at least every 3 months. Water dishes should be thoroughly cleaned at least once every 2 weeks.
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