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Posted by Carlton on April 11, 2003 at 16:57:56:
In Reply to: Can you help? posted by Youkai on April 11, 2003 at 14:12:27:
Would it help to have downloads/reprints from respected websites? If so, here's a list of the ones most keepers have either contributed to or refer people to. www.adcham.com, www.chameleonjournals.com, www.chameleonnews.com, www.calumma.com (a good breeder site). Also, there is a link to some past Chameleon Information Network journal articles on the chameleonjournals site. The names you will see on these sites such as Susan James, Chris Anderson, Ed Pollak, Kathie Kaiwi, Trevor Dell, Bill Strand, Ken Kalisch, Ardi Abate, and others are all respected experts.
If you want my references, here they are:
Keeper of C.calyptratus, C.jacksoni, F.verrucosus, C.melleri, B.fischeri fischeri and B.fischeri multituberculatum, C.deremensis, C.cristatus for about 6 years. I do not use any substrate in any cage for any arboreal cham species for several reasons. The arboreal species don't have a need to burrow or eat sand (unless burying egg clutches). Chams can shoot loose insects running on the cage bottom and pick up sand, bark, moss spicules, or bacteria laden soil on their tongues. There is a risk that they either damage their gums and mouth on the hard materials, swallow the pieces and suffer intestinal damage or blockage, or that the substrate harbors mold and bacteria from multiple water sprayings. Feeder insects hide in the sand and can pick up larvae or cysts of intestinal parasites shed from the chameleon itself.
Does that help you?