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Posted by taralynn_hughes on April 10, 2003 at 08:12:55:
When we bought our veiled cham from the pet store, the lady just seen two dollars signs when she seen us. Besides giving us all the wrong information, and selling us things we did not need , they scammed us on our crickets. We bought 1000 pin head crickets for $40. However, they only lasted two weeks, which means he would have had to eat 71 a day. They were feeding their animals with those crickets and sold us what was left. So, we found a number of a guy who actually sold our chameleons to the pet store and supplies them with all of their crickets. He sold our cham to the store for $70, and they sold it to us for $199. Anyway, so we went out to this guys house about 11:30pm, (he had to pick up the crickets at the airport) When we got to his house, it was a beautiful 7 bedroom brick house with a two car garage. We went down to his basement where he had at least one of every reptile. So, he first showed us the chameleons that he had left. Four 2 month old chameleons in one cage. Three where sisters, the other male was from a different batch. The male wasn't doing anything, but the females were attacking each other for the highest branch. This was like the WWF. They really were going at it. The guy said it was fine and they were just 'playing'. In the cage with these four chameleons where 7 poison dart frogs. All of this housed in a 20 gallon aquarium. Next to that he had an eco system(?). It was a large aquarium with geckos, snakes, toads, tailless chameleons, and everything else. I believe there were 10 things living in there together, half of which were pregnant. Most of the rest of the his set up was fine. Lots of animals in there own cages, but still some really crazy things. Have you ever seen those plastic rubbermade dressers (?) They are really small, with three drawers. Perfect for keeping tools in. Well, he has geckos in there, not even with the drawers open, and even kept baby geckos in butter dishes, in the drawers. Anyway, the advice he gave us for our chameleon.
1) Don't put them in a mesh cage, those are just for panther chameleons who notice there reflections. Veileds don't care about that. Ventalation is not something we need to be concerned about.
2)Its a great idea to have two caged together, and now would be the perfect time to introduce our 2 month old to a friend.
3)Chameleons are strickly carnivors and eat no vegetaion off of plants, and should not be fed fruits or vegetables.
4) You should not use a night light for them, because there is no night lights in the wild, and all cages should have a heating pad under them to maintain constant heat.
5) There was no need for a drip system because they will drink what they want just from the mistings.
So, at about 1 O'clock in the morning, we finally get home. And that is our crazy adventure to get crickets.