What Goes Into Making a
Healthy Chameleon?
Chapter 1:
Getting Started

  • Enclosure of the proper size and orientation. Vertical height for arboreals (tree-dwelling) as well as width and depth to enable proper thermoregulation.

  • Sufficient humidity

  • Water offered in a manner that can be utilized by the reptile

  • Suitable & safe substrate (depth & type)

  • Furnishings (logs, sticks, foliage)

  • Proper heating & thermal gradients

  • Proper lighting (day/night cycles , UVA/UVB light)

  • Healthy food, of the size appropriate for the individual

  • Proper cleaning and disinfecting of enclosure, substrate & furnishings

  • Regular monitoring of enclosure & equipment to ensure proper maintenance

  • Regular monitoring of reptiles to detect early signs of stress or ill health.

  • Access as needed to an experienced reptile veterinarian for initial examination of new reptiles & exams & treatment as needed as problems arise.

1997 Melissa Kaplan from "Reptiles: A teacher's Guide to their care and keeping in the classroom"


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