Cleaning Instructions  
Chapter 2:
Environment

  • I suggest using diluted bleach to clean the enclosure. Once you remove ALL the foliage, branches and debris, using a sponge, saturate the entire enclosure! Then, using a scouring pad (you don't have to use iron wool or S.O.S. pads, but plain abrasive pads found at any dollar store) scrub the enclosure. You will find sediments accumulate on the glass walls of an aquarium from the constant misting. Hot water and bleach should dissolve this. Glue also can be removed readily this way.

  • Once the enclosure has been sterilized (not merely "cleaned") you must ensure it is completely rinsed! I use a bucket and clean sponge to soak up the bleach (your enclosure will be to large to simply pick up and tip over!) Use clean water to rinse and then absorb the water. Once you feel it is completely void of any traces of cleaning products, use your misting bottle to get into any small crevasses. Remember, if there are ANY cleaning products left in the enclosure, it can spell death for your chameleon!

  • For the artificial foliage, I suggest placing them in your bathtub or basin and letting them soak in a diluted bleach solution. I then drain the water and use dish soap to give them a final cleaning. Once again, rinsing is crucial!

  • I also suggest cleaning your branches, as there will probably be traces of fecal matter on them. Simply take a scoring pad and rub them down with hot soapy water.

  • If you are using a bowl with air pump for your watering system, the water must be changed daily and the bowl sterilized at least once a week. You can use the same method; bleach and a scoring pad to remove slime/sediments that form a ring very quickly! Remember, chameleons tend to go to the bathroom in water, and insects fall in and die so you must ensure this method of providing water to your chameleon is clean at all times

  • I'd stay away from ropes made of fabric, as they cannot be cleaned well enough.

  • If you find stains caused by mineral deposits on the glass (caused by spraying) use some CLR.

 

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