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    veiled chameleon

    okay so i decided to break down and finally do it. i've wanted a veiled cham f-o-r-e-v-e-r and today seemed like a good day to do it.

    so, i did a search and there isn't much here on them. anyone have one? any tips you can offer a newbie to the world of cham?
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    Re: veiled chameleon

    I usually have pretty good websites saved for animals that interest me, and chameleons fall into that category, so you're in luck!

    http://www.adcham.com/

    http://www.chameleonnews.com/year200...eiled_faq.html

    *sorry here's the link to the veiled specific page so it's easier
    http://www.adcham.com/html/taxonomy/...lyptratus.html
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    Re: veiled chameleon

    thank you so much.

    anyone keep chams here?

    honestly i'm a little overwhelmed. i was underinformed when i purchased my cham and thankful i have the funds and ability to create a healthy living space for her... but the amount of ventilation concerns me.

    i have her in an exoterra but we cover the top of the mesh so the cats don't harrass the occupants (we have lots of exoterra enclosures) and since she needs so much ventilation, i'm concerned i won't be able to give her enough.

    and i have no where to hang a mesh enclosure as my home is pretty "full".
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    Re: veiled chameleon

    daniel has a beautiful male veiled so he'd be the one to talk to I guess, there are also some panther keepers here

    *sorry I was gonna leave it to someone more experience, but I'd try to find a suitable mesh cage because veileds are from fairly arid areas of yemen and I've read a lot on problems with glass enclosures

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    Re: veiled chameleon

    oh cool. i'll pm daniel!
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    Re: veiled chameleon

    pm sent

    now to add more info on my set-up.

    i have an automatic mister on order, should be here by the weekend. until then i'll be misting twice daily. the humidity in our home is generally nice and high since we have so many fish tanks and three of them are within 20 feet of the cham enclosure.

    i've tied together some sticks and will add more today... to create an aboreal walking area of all the levels of the enclosure.

    i have a red night light for warmth and a regular light for daylight which will be changed to a UVB/UVA bulb today.

    my hubby is going to make another screen lid to fit over this screen lid with really good support so the cats can't fall through... AND as our cham grows he'll make a screen addition to add a few more feet UP for our cham...

    she's been munching down silkworms all morning... and although she's still dark (stressed) i'm hoping she'll turn the gorgeous greens and yellows she was when i bought her yesterday.
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    Re: veiled chameleon

    you can see the red glow from the heat lamp



    right now her substrate is organic dirt, (from a gardening center) - and i'm going to make this 'ladder' go all the way up to the top of the enclosure today.

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    Re: veiled chameleon

    Sorry I missed this thread

    Veiled Chameleons are pretty straight forward IMO. Here is a good caresheet to read:
    http://www.kingsnake.com/rockymounta.../RMHveiled.htm

    Just a few things about the enclosure. I would be concerned over the reflective nature of glass. Chameleons kept in glass cages (with an exception to pygmy chameleons) become very very stressed when constantly seeing their reflection...enough so that it could eventually lead to death. So I would definately start looking for an entire screen cage (or building a screen cage...they are pretty simple).

    Thats about it. They are not as difficult to keep as some people believe....you just have to make sure the 'basics' are covered

    Let me know if you have anymore questions...I will try to help out the best I can

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    Re: veiled chameleon

    Quote Originally Posted by recycling goddess
    okay so i decided to break down and finally do it. i've wanted a veiled cham f-o-r-e-v-e-r and today seemed like a good day to do it.

    so, i did a search and there isn't much here on them. anyone have one? any tips you can offer a newbie to the world of cham?
    This is interesting to me too. My best friend just bought a baby veiled, and she really doesnt know anything about husbandry or diet or anything. She has a glass set up, with some crickets, and a heat lamp. and some stuff to climb on, but i've been doing my research and everyone says that the glass is a bad idea. AND im worried she wont heed my advice and put it in the enclosure she should. (she wont want to spend the money)
    I dont know, guess i was just ranting about stuff. Its hard when you want to know everything about an animal, and your bestfriend [who actually OWNS the animal] doesnt.

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    Re: veiled chameleon

    i've been talking to some other experienced keepers today (in person) and they said that the glass enclosures are fine if you have lots of plants which cover the sides so it doesn't reflect. they told me that if she is stressed, she won't colour up... she'll stay a brown colour.

    she's already a gorgeous green with yellow and i just finished adding to her branches and she's climbing all over checking them out.

    we are making a screen which will fit in the front so the doors can be open and it'll increase the ventilation.

    thanks for the link daniel... i'm off to read now!

    oh and i picked up some romaine lettuce and nasturtium seedlings today for her enclosure as well

    AND i couldn't make it to the petstore but they've put aside a ballast and bulb for her... i'll pick it up tomorrow.
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