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Posted by Carlton on May 13, 2003 at 11:57:20:
In Reply to: any chamelions handlable?? posted by fenris on May 12, 2003 at 18:35:04:
Its not whether they are touched at all but rather how much. Most chams tolerate brief occasional handling, and it is good to teach your cham that your hands offer treats and are not "dangerous". If you handle any cham too much they get stressed and stay stressed over time. But, they are very individual. Some hand raised babies are quite friendly and others raised the same way are not. It isn't very predictable even by species. Veileds are known for being aggressive, but my huge old male was always nice. Many panthers are more tolerant, but I know a female who is out for blood at any time. I think the most important thing is to learn to read your particular cham and respect it's wishes. If you have a social one you're lucky. If not, enjoy it for itself and turn your need for contact to your dog, cat, beardie, etc. instead. I often think cham keepers have other pets just so they can feel loved occasionally.