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The following is a brief summary of general chameleon care, husbandry, and medicine. It is not all conclusive, but does provide a framework of necessary information for the chameleon owner. As with any pet, proper husbandry and veterinary care are the most important factors in a long, healthy life. It isn’t hard to see why so many people fall in love with chameleons, and desire to keep them as pets. They are interesting, colorful animals that are unlike so many other animals. However, any prospective chameleon owner should realize that they are fragile in nature, and have some very specific needs. Without continual proper care, a pet chameleon can become very sick, very quickly.

Origin and Species Variety

There are several species of “true” chameleon, many whose native habitats range from Yemen and Saudi Arabia southward to Madagascar and parts of eastern Africa. The most popular varieties kept as pets are the Veiled, Panther, and Jackson’s chameleons. Depending on their sex and species, they can grow up to 24 inches in length, live from 1 to 12 years old, and reach sexual maturity in about five months. Obviously, individuals that are kept in ideal conditions, with proper diet and veterinary care will live longer lives. While some species are from drier climates such as the veiled chameleon, others are from more tropical areas. Therefore, in order to properly care for your particular chameleon, do some research to learn more about its life in the wild.

You may have already noticed some of the traits that make true chameleons so unique. They have prehensile tails, and zygodactyl feet, which means their toes are grouped in opposition to each other. Their large, obtrusive eyes work independently of one another, allowing them to keep a watch out for predators and catch their food. Of course, they are able to change colors, depending on their emotions and health condition. These colors can have varying patterns, and can contain shades of green, white, blue, red, yellow, brown, orange, purple, and black.

Enclosure

A chameleon’s cage should be large enough to allow it adequate exercise and accommodate a three-dimensional “playground” of different diameter branches with leaves for cover. Cages should be taller than they are long, and made of material that is easily cleaned. Avoid placing the enclosure in drafty or busy areas of the house. As for foliage, ficus and pathos plants are commonly used since they can be eaten by adults. Hardwood branches provide good perches; do not use limbs from “sappy” trees such as pines. Give your pet enough cover inside his cage so that he can feel that he is hiding.


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Advice sought for indoor office plants

2009-10-21 15:09:27 by woodswoman

I know this isn't about an outdoor garden, but I'm wondering if you plant folks might have some advice.
We have two potted plants in our office. Based on searching photos on the web, we think they are Janet Craigs:
They are each about six feet tall and were doing pretty well until our office move about eight months ago. They are in a spot away from natural light, because unfortunately there isn't a good spot for them near the windows.
At first they had lots of new growth, but now many of the leaves are turning brown


Help me NOT kill my office plant!

2010-05-05 14:59:55 by IHaveABrownThumb

I recently started a new job. As a welcoming gift they bought me a small live plant. (Actually, several small plants in a 9" bowl that's about 3-4" deep.) Problem is, my office has no windows or natural light at all. It's typical fluorescent office light, or complete darkness.
On Friday evening I move the plant to a common area that has a window, and I return it to my office on Monday morning. I water it regularly, keeping the mossy soil damp (but not wet). This past weekend I bought a pack of fertilizer spikes for indoor plants and, as per the instructions, inserted four of them into the pot


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