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Montane species chameleon care

montane species chameleon care

Montane species Chameleon care sheet

Montane species chameleon care is for species such as jacksons, hoehnellis and sternfeldis come from high up in mountain ranges so they experience cooler temperatures, high humidity and high levels of uv radiation. Until recently a lot of people thought that they did not require high levels uv and kept them under substandard coil tubes. I find that a 12% t5 linear tube https://buzzardreptile.co.uk/product/arcadia-pro-t5-uvb-kit-desert-12-uvb-24-watt-copy/ works well with these species but a cooler basking lamp is a must. I aim for 25-27c for adult montanes depending on the size of the species in question, this will of course be lower (if used at all) for babies, until their roughly 5:6 months and decent size I avoid using basking lamps and prefer to keep ambient at 20-21c during the day with no basking lamp as they can sit under it and dehydrate when small.

Whilst offering this high level of uvb it’s important to provide lots of foliage cover for them to get away from the uv once they have had enough. Lots of live plants also helps to keep the humidity up which is another important factor in montane care. Ideally humidity should peak at 90-95% when misted then dropping off to between 50 and 60% before the enclosure is misted again. It’s important to allow the enclosure to dry out before lights out to avoid respiratory issues. Mesh enclosures are a must for these types of chameleons they require the high airflow to stop the high humidity becoming an issue.

As with all chameleon species a varied and well gutloaded diet is needed. Supplement requirements for montane species are greatly reduced I use sticky tongue farms miner all indoor twice a week and reptivite no d3 once a fortnight.

A lot of montane species are oviparous or live bearing. This is a fascinating event to witness and is quite often missed as the female will usually start laying as soon as it begins to get light. The babies can be difficult to raise with little room for error on humidity or supplementation.

Another very important factor in keeping your montane chameleon happy is a good night time temperature drop as they would experience in their natural environment. I aim to get a good 10c below the daytime temperature. This can be tricky in summer months but you must endeavour to reduce the temperature as much as possible during the night. I use a cool mist humidifying fan in front of an open window. In the very warm months I add ice cubes to the water tank which helps to bring the temperature down to a couple of degrees below even the outside temperature!

Please check out my chameleon supplement guide here https://www.prettyscaleythings.com/2020/01/15/supplement-guide-for-chameleons/ remember jacksons and other montane species need less supplements than panthers or yemens.

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Yemen chameleon care sheet

yemen chameleon

Yemen chameleon care sheet

Yemen chameleons are fairly easy to care for. Providing the correct lighting and supplements are very important.

If starting with a baby we recommend that these are not brought or sold at any less that’s 12 weeks, this is to ensure they are well established in feeding and are a good size and won’t get too stressed by the change to their new home. It’s best to start with a smaller enclosure for a baby then get a bigger enclosure once they’ve grown. A good size for a baby is a medium reptibreeze or equivalent. Mesh enclosures are good as they provide good airflow which allows for good humidity peaks and dips.

I would recommend t5 12% linear uvb https://buzzardreptile.co.uk/product/arcadia-pro-t5-uvb-kit-desert-12-uvb-24-watt-copy/ over the mesh. For young chameleons the basking temperature should be around 28c which can be gradually increased to adult temperatures (32/33c for males, 30c for females) as they grow and are changed to their adult enclosures. Basking temperatures should be created with a nice white basking lamp not a coloured bulb or ceramic heater.

Males get considerably bigger than females so do require an xl sized reptibreeze or equivalent as their adult enclosure whereas a large size reptibreeze is fine for females.

Whilst providing a nice high level of uvb lighting it’s equally important to provide lots of foliage and shades areas where the chameleon can escaped the heat and lights if he wants. Care should be taken that the plants are safe for leaf eating reptiles as it’s quite common for Yemen’s to enjoy eating their foliage. This also means that they may (or may not) eat salad.

Humidity does not have to remain constantly high (this can cause respiratory issues) you should mist your chameleons enclosure, either manually or with and automatic system only twice a day . It should peak around 85-90% when you mist and then drop off to between 35 and 40% before misting is done again. Is also important to allow enough time for the enclosure to dry out before the lights go out as sleeping in wet conditions can also cause respiratory issues. Yemen’s are from a much drier climate than other species so keeping their enclosure wet is detrimental to their health.

Both uvb and heat lights should be run for 12 hours a day, then both off for 12 hours a day. Yemens do not require any supplemental heat at night especially not by coloured bulbs. A drop in temp at night is beneficial to their health.

Good supplements should be used on most feeds.. please see my supplement file here https://www.prettyscaleythings.com/2020/01/15/supplement-guide-for-chameleons/ for more details. Thanks for reading my yemen chameleon care sheet.

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Panther chameleon care sheet

Panther chameleon care sheet covers all locales of panther.

Panther chameleons are extremely popular and come from many different locales of Madagascar, depending on the locale they come from dictates their colour range.

Panthers are fairly easy to care for. Providing the correct lighting and supplements are very important.

If starting with a baby we recommend that these are not brought or sold at any less that’s 12 weeks, this is to ensure they are well established in feeding and are a good size and won’t get too stressed by the change to their new home. It’s best to start with a smaller enclosure for a baby then get a bigger enclosure once they’ve grown. A good size for a baby is a medium reptibreeze or equivalent. Mesh enclosures are good as they provide good airflow which allows for good humidity peaks and dips.

I would recommend t5 12% linear uvb over the mesh. For young panthers the basking temperature should be around 27c which can be gradually increased to adult temperatures (32°c for males, 30°c for females) as they grow and are changed to their adult enclosures. Basking temperatures should be created with a nice white basking lamp not a coloured bulb or ceramic heater.

Males get considerably bigger than females so do require an xl sized reptibreeze or equivalent as their adult enclosure whereas a large size reptibreeze is fine for females.

Whilst providing a nice high level of UVB lighting it’s equally important to provide lots of foliage and shades areas where the chameleon can escaped the heat and lights if he wants.

Humidity does not have to remain constantly high (this can cause respiratory issues) you should mist your chameleons enclosure, either manually or with and automatic system 3-4 times daily depending on your environment. It should peak around 85-90% when you mist and then drop off to between 45 and 55% before misting is done again. Is also important to allow enough time for the enclosure to dry out before the lights go out as sleeping in wet conditions can also cause respiratory issues.

Both uvb and heat lights should be run for 12 hours a day, then both off for 12 hours a day. Panthers do not require any supplemental heat at night especially not by coloured bulbs. A drop in temp at night is beneficial to their health.

Good supplements should be used on most feeds. please see my supplement file for more details.

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