In the Wild a chameleon might have miles to roam in any given direction. Though in captivity as a pet, it may not have the same ability. Choosing a cage or enclosure to fit your pet and it’s needs is an important part of caring for it. This is what you will learn in this guide:
Before getting a new pet, it’s important to properly set up their habitat so that they can settle quickly and feel comfortable. Although chameleons can seem difficult to keep, you can easily meet their needs by offering them a few things. No one wants to get greeted first thing in the morning by a grumpy animal!!! Before setting up an enclosure, there are a few basics that you should meet.
Accomplishing this depends on the materials, size, personal preference, and the species. When it comes to enclosures, there are many options available in the market. These include screen cages, vivariums, glass terrariums, screen combos, acrylic combos, and glass combos. Alternatively, you can build your own cage from any pet safe materials that you choose.
Although chameleons are quite unusual, so many people admire them. It is not every day where you see a color-changing, sticky-tongued, creature with some very peculiar feet! They are not quite like any other pet, but they can be quite an attraction in offices and homes. While some people prefer to build their own cages, it’s very important to have the correct information.
While glass holds a lot of moisture, screen is better because it allows for more air movement. The best way of providing adequate ventilation for chameleons is having a cage that has at least 2 screen sides, more effectively three sides. However, when looking for the best one you need to choose one with a good drainage strategy. Whether drippers or misters, chameleons need their water to move from the top to the bottom. The bottom of the enclosure should have a platform that collects excess humidity to ensure the tank does not get too wet.
The best of all is that screen cages are very easy to clean as you do not have to wash them everyday. There are days when you can just decide to wipe and dust them and you are good to go. And last of all, screen habitats are perfect for a more temperate climate. Chameleons can survive in as low as 50 degrees Fahrenheit and up to 95 degrees. So if you live in southern California a screen cage with a nearby open window will keep your little friend very happy! With hybrid cages, you can control humidity and weather more efficiently by controlling the amount of ventilation depending on the current.
Instead of conforming to one particular style, hybrid enclosures use the best of both worlds. For example, the door and the side panels can be in clear acrylic and the back in a custom background to give it a professional and a classic appearance. Hybrid cages, therefore, has all the characteristics of both types of enclosures. Since every specie is different, you should choose the type of materials that you want to use based on your circumstances.
Hybrid tanks generally feature a mix of acrylic, glass and screen sections. Some of these cages may even have glass panels that can be slide up and down whenever you want. If your weather varies a lot throughout the year hybrid hybrid cages are the way to go. With less screen sides, the humidity and temperature is more easily controlled.
If you are a handy person building your cage is very cost effective, and you can customize the enclosure in any way you like. When it comes to setting up a chameleon’s terrarium there are a number of challenges on the materials that you can use and the ones that you cannot.