Carpet Chameleon HELP and INFORMATION please.

Carpet Chameleon HELP and INFORMATION please.

Postby Saskia » Tue Mar 29, 2011 11:42 am

So yesterday I thought my female Carpet Chameleon went missing from her flexearium. I looked all over - nothing. So this morning I looked in the flex again - there she is - all brown and dirty. It seems she was digging in the ground where her plant is planted at the bottom of her cage. Now the funny thing is - I bought her when she was a few weeks old beginning of last year (2010) and she was never with a male - do they lay eggs even if they didn't mate? I just had a look in the flex again - and she went back and is busy digging again.
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Re: Carpet Chameleon HELP and INFORMATION please.

Postby Saskia » Tue Mar 29, 2011 11:43 am

And also - how will I know when they are ready to mate??? Obviously it's too late now ... but for the future?
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Re: Carpet Chameleon HELP and INFORMATION please.

Postby chamcode » Tue Mar 29, 2011 2:24 pm

Hi Saskia

Yes, your little lady will produce infertile eggs and go through the usual motions even if she has never been with a male. As far as I am aware, Carpet chameleon females do not display a specific colour to indicate their readiness to mate, as with Panther chameleon females. I have little experience with Carpet chameleons, but you could safely say that she is old enough to mate, once she has laid eggs! I would introduce her to the male and you would be able to tell that she is rejecting him if her colour suddenly changes from uniform to a very "spotty" colour, accompanied by an aggressive display. Her readiness would also depend on seasonal circumstances such as duration of light cycles and temperature.
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Re: Carpet Chameleon HELP and INFORMATION please.

Postby Saskia » Tue Mar 29, 2011 2:26 pm

Thank you Chamcode for your reply!
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Postby Chamssss » Tue Mar 29, 2011 5:21 pm

Atleast we know there are still some Carpet chams out there...
I hope you know you might be one of extremely few that can still keep carpet chameleons available in S.A...
I advise you to breed them :D

Best way to check if they will breed is to put them together and see what happens.
Dont do it now though because she is laying infertiles. While she lays eggs she should be in total privacy, you should not disturb her or she will get nervous and could halt the egglaying and end up dieing eggbound.

When she is finished laying eggs she will be quite tired and hungry/thirsty so offer her some good food and water.
Then every now and then introduce her to the male and see how she reacts, if she acts normal with the same colours then she is good for breeding and you can leave them to do their business, if she starts puffing up and gaping then she is unreceptive. Once breeding is done she should start acting unreceptive to the male, thats how you will know she is gravid. Once she is gravid feed her with lots of calcium because she will need it for the proper formation of the eggshells.

Do you plan on getting some babies someday?
I wouldnt mind getting some carpet chams later on.
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Re: Carpet Chameleon HELP and INFORMATION please.

Postby Saskia » Tue Mar 29, 2011 6:29 pm

Thank you for the information.

Yes I would love to get some Carpet Cham babies - I'll try my best!
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Re: Carpet Chameleon HELP and INFORMATION please.

Postby Saskia » Wed Mar 30, 2011 9:43 pm

How many eggs does a carpet chameleon lay in a first clutch?
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Postby Chamssss » Thu Mar 31, 2011 8:25 am

I think the common amount is about 8-20. Did you dig up the infertiles?
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Postby Saskia » Thu Mar 31, 2011 11:50 am

Yes I did - but only found 4! But she is quite small.
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Postby Chamssss » Fri Apr 01, 2011 3:18 pm

Oh okay. How old is she?
Does she still look a bit plump, maybe she still has some eggs inside her?
Try gently palpating her to see if you can feel any eggs.
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Re: Carpet Chameleon HELP and INFORMATION please.

Postby Carpetpythons » Sat Apr 02, 2011 6:17 am

Tyrone,

Why would you tell a novice to palpate a chameleon? If done incorrectly then this could hurt the chameleon.
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Re: Carpet Chameleon HELP and INFORMATION please.

Postby Saskia » Sat Apr 02, 2011 8:30 pm

Chamssss wrote:Oh okay. How old is she?
Does she still look a bit plump, maybe she still has some eggs inside her?
Try gently palpating her to see if you can feel any eggs.

She's about 18 months old now.
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Re: Carpet Chameleon HELP and INFORMATION please.

Postby Chamssss » Sat Apr 02, 2011 10:55 pm

Its the most succesful way to tell if the female still has any eggs left in her after laying.
I think most breeders do it, it is done very gently, and with all gravid females I have had, none have been injured to this day.
It is up to the keeper/breeder to make sure they know what they are doing, if done incorrectly and a problem occurs then they know should learn from it.

Saskia, she is sexualy mature...I think carpet chameleons only live 3 or 4 years at the max though...
But you say she is small, is she not fully grown yet at 18 months old?
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