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Parsoniis can be cared in pairs in a huge terrarium but till the beginning of January 2007, we cared them separately.

We imitate the temperature, humidity, etc. at the whole year as like they are in their natural habitat. Also the hibernation is considered and imitated.  Because of simply matters; we simulate this cooler period during the wintertime. This period is very important for synchronization mating willingness. During this time, the parsoniis donít eat much or sometimes they donít eat anything. They drink sometimes during this period, but not so much like in the other warmer periods. Parsoniis are retrenched and show only a little bit activity. We imitate this cooler period for approx. 2-3 month.

When temperature and lighting time increases, they increase their activities and begin to eat (only a little bit, not in a way like they eat during the warmer periods).

Few weeks after hibernation, they get into pairing willingness. The male starts his courtship with head nodding and intensive coloration and goes slowly to the females. If the female isnít disposed to mate, she opens her mouth and hisses. It is also possible that she changes her color into a yellow coloration. If she is disposed for mating the male climbs on her back and the copulation begins. The eggs will be incubated after a long gestation period (approx.3-4 month) with imitation of cooler and warmer periods up to 20 month.

The picture below was made during the hibernation. The animals are sitting nearly every time at the same position. Rarely they move their heads in directions of the water sprayer-pointed manually in their direction- to drink.

In the natural habitat of calumma parsonii is a high humidity. This should be considered in captive husbandry. With a sprinkling system it is possible to keep the terrarium in optimal humidity and also it is possible to imitate the two rainy seasons pretty simple.

We feed the parsoniis mostly roaches, grasshoppers and huge crickets. From time to time, we offer them Zophobas, small naked mice and Hierondulas for variety.  Sometimes, we also offer them grubs of beetles and Phyllum spp.

Every animal has his own favorite foot. One of them eats most likely roaches; another one prefers for example grasshoppers.

We made the experience that the parsoniis prefer horizontal or light sloped branches. Vertical branches are most likely just used for moving. We consider this experience when we furnish the terrariums.

Some parsonii owners take their animals out into an outdoor cage in the garden. For this husbandry you have to consider that this cage is not in an area which is to hot. There should be sunny places and shade places available. In an optimal way, there are some natural shrubbery integrated because than, the chameleons have a habitat where they can back out.

When hibernation is over and pairing season is coming, we put females into the terrarium of the male. If the female doesnít show a defensive pose, we keep her inside the terrarium.

If the female isnít deposit to mate, she threats the male. Therefore, she changes her coloration from green to yellow with green spots. Furthermore, the females also hiss with a wide opened mouth. This yellow coloration is also shown when the females are stressed.