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Keeping chameleons in captivity

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Terrarium lighting

Naturally, lighting belongs naturally to the species-appropriate terrarium. The lighting is secured by different lamps. In the last decades a lot has happened in this area, so that the imitation of nature-like lighting conditions...
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Outdoor enclosures

Many chameleon species can be kept outside in Europe at least temporarily. Chameleons, like many other reptiles, benefit greatly from the real solar radiation, various weather influences and the natural temperature development in outdoor...
Zunge Furcifer pardalis in Sambava

The chameleon’s tongue

The shot of the tongue is one of the characteristic features of all chameleons. This article explores the anatomy of the tongue and explains how the tongue shot works. We would like to point...
Furcifer balteatus male

Threatening and defensive behaviour

Chameleons have a whole range of interesting threatening and defensive behavior, which they can use to defend themselves against predators or disagreeable conspecifics. We would like to introduce the most common behaviors and explain...

Wild caught or captive bred?

If you want to buy a chameleon, you will need to decide sooner or later whether you like to have a captive bred (cb) individual or a wild caught (wc) chameleon. Generally, in our...
Häutung Furcifer verrucosus in Ifaty

Shedding

The shedding process Before a chameleon begins to shed, you can already see changes in skin appearance. Due to certain enzymes, the innerst part of the outer epidermis (upper skin) becomes detached. The new...
Terrarienbau Nachzuchtbecken (27)

Construction manual for an offspring cage

This construction manual is from our own cages and designed for Calumma parsonii parsonii offspring. We planned and built them by ourselves. We assume no liability for mistakes in lengths or sizes. 😉 In...
Furcifer pardalis Baby

Rearing offspring

When you successfully mated your chameleons, the female laid her eggs also successfully and egg incubations went well, it is time for the juveniles to hatch and thus you have to rear the offspring....
Schlupf Jungtier Kopf draußen

Hatching

Hatching Chameleon keepers still discuss what provokes a clutch to hatch simultaneously. Changes in barometric pressure as it is the case with beginning, on-going precipitation may play a role. Depending on the species, a...
Eier Gelege Inkubation

Incubation of eggs

Successful breeding of a chameleon species is the goal of many engaged chameleon keepers. Only who breeds chameleons can help a species survive and last in captitvity. Additionally, captive bred chameleons decrease the demand ...