Chameleon is a colorful lizard. It is one such kind that you want to pet it as soon as you see it. But, before you take a chameleon home, you will need to prepare a habitat for it. There are a few things that you should know about chameleon cage set up. I will write here about these things.
Things to know about Chameleon Cage Set Up
Following are the things that you should know about chameleon cage set up.
There are many suitable enclosure options for a chameleon cage. They are:
• Screen cages.
• Glass vivariums or terrariums.
• A combination of glass/acrylic and screen.
The style of enclosure will depend mainly on the climate. A glass vivarium is good for cold and dry climate, as glass can retain heat and moisture better than screen. On the other hand, a screen cage can provide better air circulation and will not get warm and stagnant. Therefore, it is good for a hot and humid climate.
The size of the enclosure will depend on the species, size, or age of the chameleon. You should have two cages for most chameleons of 2-4 months old. The smaller cage is for when the chameleon is young, and the larger cage is for when it is 6-8 months old.
Chameleons are exothermic. They depend on outside heat to be active, digest foods, and have healthy immune system. Therefore, proper lighting is very important for a chameleon cage. You should use a basking bulb and a UVB bulb.
A basking bulb will provide a hot spot for the chameleon to bask in. the wattage of the bulb will depend on the specific temperature needed by the species of chameleon.
A UVB bulb will provide artificial sunlight, which helps the chameleon to synthesize vitamin D3 in their skin.
This is optional, but you should use it if you want the best for your pet. An automated misting system is highly recommended.
This is the place where your chameleon will have the best access to the basking bulb. A few branches or top of a plant should be sufficient for this. However, the spot should be at a safe distance from the basking bulb.
Branches or Vines
These will provide paths and walkways to your chameleon to help it get around the cage.
Chameleons are arboreal, meaning they thrive in plant cover above the ground. You may use fake plants, but live plants are necessary. Live plants can provide better cover than artificial ones, can hold humidity better, and can provide better surfaces for drinking.
All the used water must be drained away from the enclosure. It is important for sanitary purposes. Improper drainage system will make the cage will be stagnant, which is harmful for your pet.
Keep these things in mind about chameleon cage set up, and then you can get a perfect habitat for your pet.