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Worried N00b

Postby M0nk3yl0v3r » Tue May 17, 2011 9:10 am

O.K. SO I Have a little Chameleon. Bugger is his/her name when I first saved him/her from a group of kids in our complex poking him and making him hiss at them he was chowing like a monster. Crickets, mealworms, giant mealworms, slugs if it moved it was lunch. Now he doesn't seem to be munching all that often. I have him in a tank 47cm x 15cm x30,5cm with a220/240V 40W infra red bulb in it. He/she drinks regularly when i put it on an aloe and pour some water on the plant for it Bugger sticks his/her tongue out to get some moisture in.

@ night Bugger has the comfort of a hot water bottle in a draw- I wait until Bugger has dozed off in the tank befire i remove it and put Bugger on top of a towel on top of the fleece hot water bottle.

Is Bugger meant to be hibernating? Is my heat sufficient? Is there a different tank/enclosure for hibernating? What sex is it?
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Re: Worried N00b

Postby iiviii » Tue May 17, 2011 9:22 am

Has he been getting any natural sunlight? I think this is a question for fooble to answer :)
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Re: Worried N00b

Postby Fooble » Tue May 17, 2011 9:30 am

What species of chameleon is it?
They ALL need UV light without it they will die.
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Re: Worried N00b

Postby Seaborne » Tue May 17, 2011 1:51 pm

I am sure Fooble will give you the exact technical details as to how you should keep "bugger" however the one simple thing most people forget to mention is that we are now going into winter. Even if you have the temps right and give them sunlight it is natural for animals to slow down during this period. In the wild food now become scarce and animals/reptiles slow down. This is called Brumation. It is a form of hibernation without the total sleep/shut down period. When I first got my Beardie and he did this i was so worried also. I was told to warm his enclosure up by a few degrees and this seemed to "wake" him up.

Now I am not saying that you might not have a problem as I am not a specialist in this. I am just giving you my own opinion and this might help you just a little.
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Re: Worried N00b

Postby Kev3 » Tue May 17, 2011 2:01 pm

You say it was caught in your complex so I think it is a safe assumption that it is indigenous. I would release it. Some wild caught animals don't take well too being in a captive environment... not to mention legal issues depending on where you are from...
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Re: Worried N00b

Postby M0nk3yl0v3r » Thu May 19, 2011 5:12 pm

Thanks for all the replies. Well, I ont think we get many chameloens in JHB anymore besides Isn't it too cold for them? I give bugger as much sunlight as i can wheneever its warmish in the sun i will pop bugger somewhere where i can keep an eye on him/her.
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Re: Worried N00b

Postby bubblesharp » Thu May 19, 2011 5:40 pm

Is your tank glass? not all the sun UV get through though. Maybe post a pic of the chameleon for ID, I did find an indigenous chameleon a few months ago in the field next to our house. So yes we still get them here, although they are a lot less these days.

If it is indigenous your will have to let it go, as it will want to brumate it is winter after all. Ask the kids where they found it, maybe some one's bugger got out, this happens!
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Re: Worried N00b

Postby Fooble » Thu May 19, 2011 6:14 pm

M0nk3yl0v3r wrote:Thanks for all the replies. Well, I ont think we get many chameloens in JHB anymore besides Isn't it too cold for them? I give bugger as much sunlight as i can wheneever its warmish in the sun i will pop bugger somewhere where i can keep an eye on him/her.


It will be indigenous, they are there but in the decline because people collect them or are preyed on by cats.
If you keep it in a glass tank it will die.
Rather release it much much better option.
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Re: Worried N00b

Postby M0nk3yl0v3r » Fri May 27, 2011 4:22 pm

OK Got hold of the parents of these little brats. They were in the Waterberg when they hi-jacked bugger so indigenous it is can anyopne help with determining the sex of the critter?
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Re: Worried N00b

Postby Fooble » Fri May 27, 2011 10:35 pm

Post a Photo can sex it for you.
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