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Panther Chameleon - Chamaeleo pardalis
Veiled Chameleon - Chamaeleo calyptratus
Jackson 's Chameleon - Chamaeleo jacksonii xantholophus
Introduction by Michael Fry
I saw my first chameleon in captivity nearly 30 years ago. I was working at a pet shop that specialized in reptiles when, one day, the owner of the store brought in this curious creature. It was a male Jackson's chameleon. Full of excitement over the strange, new lizard he presented to us, the staff at the store could hardly take our eyes off it. At the time, little was known about how to keep chameleons in captivity. Over the next several weeks, we watched our curious, new charge refuse food and water. Shortly thereafter he died.
A successful environment in captivity is created by realistically balancing both natural and ideal components to create a clean stress-free environment. Often it is simple for keepers to provide their animals with what they feel are adequate settings and care, but to completely overlook less apparent means of preventing health problems, usually which are caused by unhygienic surroundings, improper diet, and stress.
Hello, and welcome to Doug's Chameleon Forest. This site is great for those who are interested in chameleons, and especially handy for those who are considering a chameleon as a pet. Although chameleons are high maintenance pets, they are fun to watch as they grow and mature. I recommend doing a lot of research before you purchase a chameleon.
Old World Chameleons have long fascinated mankind with their independently rotating eyes, their lightning fast tongues, and their psychedelic color changes. Over the past few decades, chameleons have been kept as a temporary pet -- living from a month to a couple of years. Within the last five years, an increase in information regarding proper nutrition, environmental conditions, and breeding has led to longer life spans with individuals even over ten years old. The next five years should bring even greater successes in the areas of husbandry and breeding.
For centuries people thought that chameleons lived on nothing but air. Shakespeare made the myth of the "chameleon's dish of air" famous in his play Hamlet. Thankfully today people know that chameleons, like all animals, need much more than air to survive and thrive.
This is ONLY a fact sheet! Its purpose is to explain the bare minimum of what a pet chameleon will need to survive. Chameleons are interesting and specialized animals, so you must do some reading before taking one home as a new pet.
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If you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world... To you I shall be unique in all the world...You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed...
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All the chameleons we have are treated as our family pets. I have even built them their own 1000 Sq. Ft. room in my home, "the corral".
We promise you the best of the best! We will not sell any chameleon that we would not buy for our own! We promise you will never get a chameleon that has been bred with any blood related parents or siblings, THAT, to us, is a total no no!!!!!
The Chameleon House Ltd is mainly a breeder and retail distributor of Chameleons and Tortoises to the enthusiast. The company also supplies to the trade as well as specialist collectors and breeders. Specializing in Captive bred species; the company is working towards making wild caught animals a thing of the past.
The Chameleon House Ltd does of course only import and trade in accordance with UK, EU, and international legislation, such as for example CITES.
We offer hobbyist the opportunity to create a biotope in there own home.
The Chameleon House believes in pure bred animals and that cross breeding does not contribute to the survival of the species and rarely, if ever, contribute to the knowledge about the relationship between the species.
The AdCham.com website serves as an international center for the sharing of information regarding old world chameleons. The contributors and editors represent the fields of herpetoculture, veterinary medicine, import-export, taxonomy, and animal behavior and come from the worlds of academia, clinical veterinary medicine, research and business.
Husbandry, Veterinary Care, Insects, Library, Species Profiles & Taxonomy , Ecology, Biogeography and Conservation
The Chameleon Care and Information Center (CCIC) was originally created in 1998 to provide an online resource on a wide range of chameleon topics. In an effort to provide chameleon enthusiasts with the highest quality information and to support increased quality and sustainability within the captive chameleon trade and for wild populations, the CCIC has begun a collaborative effort with two other online groups with similar goals.
Effects of Temperature and Moisture on Embryonic Diapause of the Veiled Chameleon (Chamaeleo calyptratus)
The development of lizard embryos is typically initiated at fertilization and
continues until birth or hatching. In contrast, embryonic development of some chameleons is arrested at the gastrula stage, and embryos remain at this stage for months after the eggs are laid.
These data demonstrate yet another unique feature of chameleons. By changing the prehensile mechanism from an adhesive, to an actively controlled suction-based one, the animals are capable of feeding on a wide array of prey (including small vertebrates), without sacrificing their cryptic prey capture strategy. Without the novel suction mechanism described here the ballistic tongues of chameleons cannot capture prey.
MATING IN COMMON CHAMELEONS
M. Cuadrado [1999, Herpetologica 55(4):523-530] tested assortative mating by size (i.e., the positive correlation between the size of mates) and the temporal pattern of female matings in relation to male reproductive success in a population of common chameleon, Chameleo chamaeleon. The author recorded mating data for 27 females (31 copulations) and 33 males (21 copulations) by using radio-telemetry techniques during three summers in a locality in southern Spain. Most females mated with a single partner each year, though multiple matings were also recorded.
Over the years we have kept Chameleons we noticed that some things in books and on other web sites did not work particularly well for us. We noted that all these books and sites were based on care in the United States. We set out to find methods that consistently worked for us in the UK and have documented them here.One thing we have learned is there are several ways to keep chameleons successfully. To avoid confusion or conflicting opinions we have only referred to set up's etc that have resulted in our own repeated breeding successes. Our aim is to show people that this species of lizard is not as hard to keep as some may think and therefore share our love for these beautiful and unique reptiles.
A list of cases where Chameleons were treated for various problems. A very good read. Topics include:-
Metabolic Bone Disease and Gout
Two different conditions that could mimic each other.
A Case of MBD
This Veiled recovers with Dr. Alfonso's help.
Subcutaneous Filarial Worms
Dr. Alfonso takes this Ambanja Panther to surgery. (Photos)
So you want to house those Veileds together, huh?
Respiratory Infections from Improper Husbandry
A common problem for chameleons kept in poor conditions.
Cats and Chams
Cats are predators by nature and should never be trusted.
If you notice one eye is closed a lot this could be the reason.
Temporal Gland Infection
Dr. Alfonso takes this Jackson's to surgery. (Photos)
Dr. Alfonso takes this Chamaeleo johnstoni to surgery. (Photos)
This Oustaleti's tongue was amputated at the level of the hyoid bone.
A brief overview of reptile parasites.
Failure to Acclimate
This WC F. pardalis just can't take captivity.
A Sad Day at Work
Poor husbandry is a death sentence for this once beautiful Parsonii.
The purpose of this publication is to encourage and foster the interest, growth, knowledge, and awareness of the captive husbandry of old world chameleons for both advanced and new owners. The commitment is to present information on all aspects of their care and needs as well as the issues surrounding them. The objective is to provide comprehensive information from all perspectives. The ultimate goal is for the readers to have a well-informed understanding of these amazing creatures and the related issues.
Other then these prerequisites, chameleons are native to specific microclimates which must be reproduced as close as possible. These requriments come in the form of humidity or even "rainfall" amounts, temperature gradients, basking temperatures, night time temperature drops and sometimes even the necessity for a seasonal "cycle". Seasonal cycles can be necessary for successful breeding in addition to over all wellbeing, for instance. Specific mircoclimate needs are addressed under each chameleon's individual species profile.
For additional information, visit or search our online Forums Database and be sure to visit our links section for more sites dedicated to these fascinating lizards.
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similar fashion which are listed on our home page, in the 8. Links - Species Specificsection.