YEMEN CHAMELEON All livestock will be on customer collection only basis as we will not send animals by mail.
YEMEN CHAMELEON CARE
Like all chameleon species Yemen's are solitary animals that should never be house together apart from for the purpose of breeding. As a rule Yemen's are not particularly suited to handling and are therefore not suitable as a pet for someone who wants a lizard they can regularly handle. Veiled Chameleons can be easily sexed at any age. The male has a small spur on the heel of the hind foot. A female does not. Housing Yemens require more height than many other lizards. Ventilation is an important factor to consider when choosing an enclosure as poor ventilation can lead to the air within the enclosure becoming stagnant as well as allowing the growth of bacteria and fungus which could potentially affect the health of your chameleon, The enclosure should be furnished with plenty of sturdy branches suitable for climbing and greenery to provide security. This can be achieved with either artificial or real plants however if using real plants ensure they are non toxic and will not harm your chameleon if ingested.
Safe plants include Pothos, hibiscus, Umbrella plants Ficus benjamani, Ficus "Alii", and Ficus natidia. It is advisable to use coco terra substrate within the enclosure
During the day a basking area should be provided via an incandescent bulb attached to a dimming thermostat to give a temperature reading of between 90 to 95 ºF. The opposite end of the enclosure should be around 80 to 85 ºF. because chameleons climb the use of a guard is not recommended as they will climb onto the cage and potentially burn their feet, instead the bulb should be placed at least 12 inches away from the nearest climbing branch t ensure it cannot be reached. At night, it is necessary for them to experience at least a 10ºF to 15ºF drop in temperature. In a normal house, no heating is required at night. A timer can be used to control the heat and lighting within the enclosure and depending on the time of year should allow you to simulate 10 to 12 hours daytime per day.
All chameleons need a UVA/UVB producing light source to promote the synthesis of vitamin D3 as this is essential for the absorption of calcium which is essential to prevent diseases such as metabolic bone disease. It is advisable to choose a suitably sized tube with a high UVA/UVB output for your enclosure such as a Repti-glow 8.0 this should be once again on a timer for 10 to 12 hours per day. Wherever possible and safe it is a good idea to let your Yemen have occasional access to direct sun light for a few hours as there is no real replacement for true sunlight. Water most chameleons will never learn to drink water from a water dish so in order to encourage your yemen to drink it is necessary to provide moving water via a dripper system which can be regulated to provide a constant drip of water. The humidity within the enclosure should also be maintained by spraying a fine mist of warm water for around 10 to 15 mins 3 times a day; this will also encourage the drinking response.
Feeding Yemens will eat a variety of live insects as well as occasional vegetable matter such as grated carrot and watercress. They should be fed daily with as many insects as they will eat and will appreciate a variety All feeder insects should be gut loaded with either fresh vegetables or a high quality fish food prior to feeding to your chameleon. The insects should also be dusted with a high quality calcium and vitamin supplement to ensure the proper development and maintenance of the chameleon's bones and nervous system.
Suitable feeder insects include Crickets Locusts Mealworms Waxworms in limited numbers as they are very low in nutritional value Wax Moths Pinky Mice as an occasional treat£80.00
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