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Posted by charm_paradise on April 29, 2003 at 18:55:28:

In Reply to: More info..... posted by Piglet106 on April 29, 2003 at 17:39:45:

Hi-

Well there are many things wrong with your set up, and they will cause long term effects if not corrected. First veileds need to be housed in an all screen cage. Glass or acrylic is a reflective surface, and the chameleons can see there reflection and this will cause them to stress. They may have been fine or looked fine in the pet shop, but the move from the pet shop to your house causes stress, on top of the stress from the glass. Chameleons are very good at hiding there problems untill it is to late. Veileds need a basking spot of 95-105F, so your temp is a little low. The reptisun 5.0 UVB bulb is good, but they can only penatrate UVB light down 12", so make sure the chameleon can get under the bulb with the 12" from the light. I use the mercury vapor bulbs which are both UVB and heat as well as UVA light all in one bulb. These bulbs can penatrate donw to 6'. You need a dripper on each cage, this is a must. If you dont have one you can take a paper/plactic/styrofoam cup and poke a small hole in the bottom of the cup and use it as a dripper. It is not recomend that veileds be housed togeather at this age, even females. I know you say that they were like that at the shop, but that dosent mean it is okay to keep them togeather. The move from the pet shop to a new home is very stressful and once again they will not like being housed with eachother nor will they like being with in view of an other animals. If they are not licking water, use the hottest water you have in the mister. Also I beleave it to be a must to keep LIVE plants in there cages. What is the humidity in the tank? You need to have a humidity of 60% for veileds. So you have alot of work to do. Get them there own all screen cage, dripper, correct basking temp, correct humidity, live plants, and hot water misting untill they start drinking water. Keep the handling down as much as possible right now, they are very stressed out. Do they look fat, do they have eggs right now, if so you will need to provide a nesting site! There are good deals you cant find anywhere else on ebay! Good Luck!

John


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