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Posted by mikecoscia on January 01, 2003 at 12:53:09:
In Reply to: Temperatures posted by keen1098 on January 01, 2003 at 07:37:37:
Go with the crested gecko. Chameleons are very delicate animals, and conditions have to be just right for them to thrive. I have bred veiled and Jackson chameleons in the past, and found it to be very enjoyable. However like RhacsRsweet said, they can be VERY costly to house and feed. Not to mention their short life spans. Chameleons typically do not live past the age of 5. It is even less for some females due to their incredibly large clutch size, which takes a lot out of them.
For the crestie RhacsRsweet is right, your house is way to cold. Experiment with different wattages of light bulbs until you can increase temps in the mid to high 70ís. Ideal temps would be 75-78 during the day and no lower then 70 at night. Lower temps are not a problem during the winter, but will sometimes decrease their appetites. I find heating the room with a small space heater easier, however it is not for everyone. During the summer I typically close all the air condition vents in the room where I keep the animals. Anyway good luck!