Chameleons are part of lizard family and are unique. If you can take care of them properly they make great pets. But there are so many facts you have to consider you buy a pet chameleon. You cannot just go to a pet shop and buy one. Things like chameleon species, where you should buy, budget, and how to buy a chameleon are the important facts you have to consider. So, how to buy a chameleon? Let us look into the facts.
Are you ready to have a chameleon as pet?
The most important question you have to ask yourself before searching for a chameleon pet is, are you ready to own a chameleon? To answer this question you have to first calculate the cost and then think about the budget you have.
Also, the temperature and humidity of the enclosure should be checked on a daily basis. So, do you have enough time to spend with your pet? If you are getting a positive response in your mind you can go ahead with the next point of the guide how to buy a chameleon.
Wild caught or captive bred chameleon?
The next thing you have to consider is to buy a captive bred chameleon or a wild caught one. I would suggest you to buy a captive bred chameleon, not the wild caught one.
The reason behind this is that the wild caught chameleons will be under great stress because you capture it from its natural habitat and ship it. All this may worsen the health of the chameleon and will make them more aggressive than captive bred chameleons.
What chameleon species to buy?
Before thinking about how to buy a chameleon, you have to first decide on what species you want to buy. If you are going to buy a chameleon for the first time, choose a species that is easy to maintain and take care of.
Let me remind you reptiles are not easy to maintain and chameleons may not be a good choice for a beginner. But if you are confident enough, buy a species like veiled chameleon.
Where to buy a chameleon?
Once you have decided the budget, type and species you have to look for a pet shop or breeding center that is closer to you. Get information about reputed reptile breeder or pet shop. You can get this information from reptile magazines or veterinary doctors who are specialized in exotic reptiles.
To make sure that you do not get a sick chameleon avoid buying through online stores.
Is the chameleon healthy?
Whenever you buy something you will check all the aspects of the product to make sure that you get a quality product. Same goes with chameleons. You have to check whether the chameleon that you are buying is healthy.
Straight limbs indicate that the chameleon does not have any bone diseases. Other things you have to check are whether the chameleon is able to grip on branches. Does it have bright alert eyes? Does it have a bright color and have a clear skin?
The chameleon’s eyes will be always alert in the daytime and if it the chameleon keeps the eyes closed most of the time it may be sick.
A dark-colored skin also can be an indication of the ill health of the chameleon.
Make sure you buy a young chameleon so that you can keep it for a long time as a pet.
Building the habitat
Before bringing your pet chameleon home don’t forget to make sure the habitat is set and ready for it.
Chameleons are very sensitive and need to be treated in a special way. So the habitat has to meet certain requirements.
Make sure the cage has enough space. A vivarium can be ideal for it. The enclosure should contain enough branches. It also should be tall enough because chameleons like to rest on branches. You can search for an ideal cage in your local pet shop or on amazon.com.
For a complete step-by-step guide on how to care for your pet chameleon and what to consider before you even get one, check out Robert Jone’s “Chameleon Care Guide” at http://chameleoncareguide.com
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