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Proper Keeping A Chameleon At Home

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  1. Meagan Aylmer

    Meagan Aylmer New Member

    Not all kinds of chameleons are suitable for keeping at home, however, there are three of them that feel fine in captivity.

    First of all, you should note chameleons' common features :
    The head of males is often decorated with mounds, ridges, pointed horns wheres females also have these protuberances but in an embryonic state. The legs of the chameleons are long, the fingers have the shape of a claw. This limb structure helps lizards to climb trees easily also it's helped by a tail which is thick at the basis, and gradually narrows to the end. The chameleon can twist a tree trunk, a branch, and hold on it tightly enough. This kind of lizard also has an interesting eye structure. Their eyes have a circular view and can rotate asynchronously, that helps them in tracking and catching insects.When the chameleon hunts, it may not move for a long time. At this time, only his eyes rotate. When an insect appears near the lizard, the chameleon creeps up to it, puts out its long tongue and makes it a quick grasping movement that takes only a third of a second. That possible with the help of the sucker on the end of the tongue. The extraction sticks to it and is in the mouth of the reptile. Chameleons are also famous for being able to change their color and become almost invisible in the background of wood, foliage, thanks to the peculiarities of the reptile's skin. There are cells of chromatophores in which there are pigments of yellow, red, black and brown colors. Under the influence of thirst, hunger, fright and other factors, intensified pigmentation appears. And colors can be mixed, thus forming various shades.

    What type of chameleon is the most suitable for keeping at home
    If you want a pretty big reptile to live in your house, then the Yemen chameleon will do. This reptile adapts well to new living conditions, tolerates moisture and temperature changes. In the wild, this species of chameleon live in hot countries like Saudi Arabia and Yemen. There are two types:
    Calcarifer lives in the eastern part of Saudi Arabia, so it's used to being in a hot and dry climate.Calyptratus lives in the north of the country, where it is slightly cooler.Basically, he will feel good at home in the terrarium, where the daytime temperature is + 30 ° C or slightly higher, and the night temperature is about +20 ° C. These species of chameleons have richer color and larger in size than Calcarifer and can grow to a length of 60 cm.
    Common and panther chameleons are less demanding on the condition of detention and can be kept at home as well.

    How to choose the right chameleon
    First, do not buy lizards "from hands". Get it in a specialized store, where you will be provided with all necessary documents.
    Secondly, do not get very small lizards. Congenital defects may not appear immediately, usually, they are noticeable by four months. Mind that it is better to buy a chameleon, which is already 4 months old.

    What's important to pay attention to while examining your future pet:

    Look at his eyes, they must be open and move. If they are sunken, then the chameleon is very dehydrated if closed, then the animal is exhausted.

    See what color it is. The gray or soft color of the skin will indicate the disease of the animal. This may be due to the low temperature in which the lizard is kept.

    Paws of the chameleon will also tell you about the condition of the animal. They must be smooth, and the reptile itself - mobile. If you see that it is experiencing difficulty in moving, then it has a broken locomotor system or there is a lack of calcium.

    Look at the half-open mouth of the chameleon. To open it, take the lizard hands, then it will hiss, and you will be able to see if there is a yellow-green color in the mouth of the reptile. Their presence indicates the presence of an inflammatory process in a reptile.

    Conditions for keeping chameleons at home

    The size of the terrarium can be 50 x 50 cm (width, length) and 120 cm in height. For females, a terrarium of a slightly smaller size is suitable, and for a large reptile, it should be slightly larger.

    The temperature inside the terrarium in the daytime should not fall below + 28 ° C, optimally + 30? +32 ° C. The night temperature should be +22 + 24 ° С, therefore place a small house for an animal in a warm place where there are no drafts - they are very dangerous for a lizard. And note that the humidity should be under 50-60%. Check out 5 Best Hygrometers Reviews of 2018 - hygrometers as an additional tool for keeping right temperature and humidity.

    Well, if the terrarium is spacious. Then at its various levels, the animal will find the most comfortable place for itself. Inside decorate the reptile room with plants in pots. You can put a processed snag on which the chameleon will climb. He also needs a small pond, but not too deep.

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