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Anybody Keep Chameleon's? I need some help :)
I've been really interested in getting a reptile, and I think I've found the one im most interested in, Chameleon's. I was thinking maybe starting off with something not too terribly expensive. I'm still in the process of researching care and what species are easier than others, just thought I might ask here as well, it'll definitely be a while before I can get one, we are getting another dog on Friday so we'll have our hands full for a good while.
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Veiled Chameleons are by far one of the more hardy and easy to care for, their temperament on the other hand is a whole different matter. I've kept Veiled, Jacksons, Panthers, and I have to say personality wise I like the Jacksons, color wise Panthers.
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Whatever you choose to go with I would opt for captive breed as oppose to wild caught. Captive breed chams are actually rather hardy animals and will give you a bit more wiggle room than wild caught specimens which can be terribly difficult to work with. Veils are a great starting Cham but they can be moody. Panthers are in my opinion the best chameleons to start with. You can readily find captive specimens and they are far less territorial than veiled chameleons.
Research what works best for you. My opinion. Panthers
I worked in a pet store for many years and while all chameleons (and reptiles for that matter) are as easy as you make it provided you can find proper information, the choice should be what is best suited to your experience and time. Veileds are quite hardy but their temperament is a whole other story. I myself have an ambilobe Panther Chameleon which is by far the hardiest chameleon I have ever kept. He was in (not under my care) an aquarium showroom for three months with only the heat of the aquariums (roughly 80-82 degrees in there) and he was doing phenomenal. He drinks from a water bowl (rather odd for most chameleons) has an extremely ravenous appetite, and his colors vary from luscious green and read to school bus yellow and orange at night. Just my opinion though
If you've never had a reptile before I would suggest trying a beginner reptile like a bearded dragon, crested gecko, or maybe a corn snake first. Most chameleons are a little challenging to someone who has never kept a reptile before. Not to say that they're difficult to keep, just that they are a more intermediate reptile.
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Originally Posted by Kitsune_Gem View Post