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Collection of information

Every chameleon has an own file with information about care, breeding, weight, illness and other occurrences like hibernation. With this information, we have a detailed overview about their evolution. By comparing the information, we will improve the conditions.

Hygiene

When you care some animals, it is advantageous to consider hygiene as much as possible. When hygiene will be ingnored, parasites and other organisms will distribute to the complete population.

 

Quarantine

We care new chameleons in a quarantine-terrarium first. This means, that this terrarium is in another /seperate room and not in the same room with the present population. 

Furnishing of this terrarium is only plastic-plants and branches. We analyze two excrements of the new animals in a timeframe of approx. 10-14 days. When the result is negative (there are no parasites or something else) and the animals look good, we take them to the room where the actual population is. The branches of the quarantine-terrarium will be changed and the plastic-plants will be cleaned..

Preventive measures

Every chameleon has his own drinking-pipette and tweezers for food. So, the risk for transmission of diseases is minimized.

Every half-year, we check the excrements of all animals for control.

At the normal, every day check, we take the excrements of the animals out of the terrariums.

 

Feeding

Vitamins/mineral nutrients

All food-animals are equipped with vitamins/mineral nutrients powder.

Furthermore, scallop and sepia-pieces are available for the animals. Often, the chameleons use this opportunity (see picture below).

We think, that the feeding of the food-animals with fruit and/or vegetables is very important. So, the food animals include valuable nutrients.

During and after a gestation, we put some fluid vitamins into the drinking water of the respective female.

                             Food

The basic food is composed of roaches                      (B. dubia, look at the picture on the right).

Like this are nearly 2/3 of our feeding. With roaches, you can feed particular food components, because they eat every food that you give them in large quantities.

When you feed the dubia´s for example with carrots, the vitamin-a quantity will increase. When you feed them with Kiwi, the roaches will have a higher concentration of vitamin-c.

The last 1/3 of the food comprise of Acheta domesticus (picture left), Gryllus assimilis, Gryllus bimaculatus, grasshoppers (picture right),

Zophobas morio, grubs of different beetle-species and flies. Sometimes we feed the pregnant females and Calumma parsonii with small mice.

 Don´t feed the chameleons too much with grubs of beetles (picture left above) and Zophobas morio (picture left below) because they will become adipose when they get too much of this.

We feed the adult chameleons sometimes with semi adult grasshoppers too, because they have  different colors as the adults. So the chameleons think it is another kind of food.

Sometimes we feed Hierondula grandis or Phyllum spp. as “delicacy” to Calumma parsonii.

Feeding of the juveniles

At the first days, we feed the small chameleons with micro Acheta domestica and Drosophila hydei. After 1,5 to 2 weeks, we feed them with Terflies (musca domestica) and small Acheta domesticus. Every food are equipped with vitamins/mineral nutrients powder. Like they grow up, they gets greater food...

We breed the Drosophila hydei by ourselves as like the roaches. For substrate, we use apple puree that is enriched with vitamins and minerals. We compound oat flakes till the mass will have the right consistence. This method is productive and very easy to do.

Incubator

For many years, we use incubators from BRUJA. The versions with the digital temperature calibration and a thermo couple (that you can calibrate on the same level with the eggs) simplifies the incubation.