I took my daughter to a Carnival at a museum yesterday. There was a vendor from a place called St. George's adoption, he said he makes no money off of selling the anoles he had. I paid $15 for 1 male, he also had pregnant females, but I was buying this as a pet for my 7 year old so I thought 1 dragon will be enough!
Anywhoo, so my daughter loved handling the brown anole the vendor allowed her to hold. So, she convinced me and I convinced my husband into getting one. Both of us know nothing about owning this reptile. So, we just believed everything the vendor said and didn't ask many questions. The vendor said how we didn't need to clean the aquarium and that we could just place mealworms in the aquarium and the anole would be fed for 4 months. He said if we would go on vacation this would be the best bet and as for water/moisture to just place seran wrap over the lid of plastic aquarium. He did mention that to start with and when we are home we could feed it every other day just baby food (bananas and peaches). He also mentioned live crickets but didn't say when and how often they should have the crickets. I do not want to store the live crickets, I'm too scared to even handle them. I barely touch the anole. My daughter likes to handle the anole, but I think she stressed him out yesterday as it was his first day in our home and she handled him for a while, but the vendor never told us that would not be ok. I looked up info. on the net and it stated not to handle the anole for 3-4 days so that it can get used to its new environment.
What kind of basic info. should I know to care for this little guy, I don't want it to get sick or die. I did go to PetSmart today and was encouraged to buy a lamp with a 40 watt red bulb to keep the anole warm even though its summer and 94 degrees. Do I use this light all day? I don't have the UV bulb yet! I bought hime 4 crickets today and he ate 1 right away, I didn't even get to the counter when he consumed it! I was happy he ate so quickly because the PetSmart worker said he looked lethargic! He hasn't turned brown at all today, he has been a yellowish-green but more green then yellow. He has been drinking the water I spray on the aquarium and I placed a wet paper towel down to help with moisture. I believe his is a baby dragon so he probably needs to eat a lot, but how much/often. i gave him banana baby food yesterday night when we got home with him and today in the morning gave hime the 4 crickets. He ate 2 crickets during the day and 2 more crickets in the afternoon. I gave him a capful of baby food but he just tasted it and that was it! He has NOT turned brown today. My daughter only handled him for a few minutes until I got rid of the gravel that was in his aquarium and I set down a wet napkin as instructed by worker at PS. I will buy Eco Earth woon, but probably when I move him to a bigger Aquarium, but I'm thinking of getting the 5.5 Terranium instead, that way I can place his lights on top of it.
So how am I doing? Any other suggestions/advice? I already spent almost $45 and I thought this little guy and small container was only $15 but after buying him from vendor, I have bought food, a bark hide away, a lamp and bulb. The terranium i want cost $30 so I have to wait to buy it. About how long can I wait? Will he be ok in the tiny aquarium I bought him in for now? The lamp I bought is clamped on a table next to him, facing him directly. Is that ok?
Thank you in advance for any info.