|> We are new owners of a false chameleon or anole (it was given as
|> a gift) and we need help in caring for it. I've tried the local
|> pet stores and usually they're too busy to help much. We've been
|> feeding it crickets, moths, and flies; does it need anything else
|> to keep it healthy besides water?
An incandescent lamp to heat up part of the cage to 95-100F would be
appreciated but is not mandatory.
Life plants to climb on.
Spraying with water once a day.
|> Does it eat anything else because
|> sometimes the pet store is out of crickets and now that winter is
|> upon us, flies and moths aren't so easy to come by.
|> Does it require
|> a companion?
|> Does it require a heat rock or lamp?
Depends how warm the tank usually is. But it is always a good idea. For
Anoles, the preferred method is an incandescent lamp (see above). Heat
rocks are generally not recommended on this newsgroup, and I have moved away
from them, too. They are just too hot.
Alternative: A heating pad (3 levels from the drug store) under 1/3 of the
|> What all should I
|> include in it's habitat besides a climbing branch and hiding place?
You can use newspaper or Astroturf as the substrate.
Some life plants would be nice. They also regulate the humidity.
|> How warm should I keep it and where is a good place to keep it (like
|> on my windowsill or is that too cold)? Any help would be greatly
|> appreciated. Thanks.
Well, around 75-85. Anoles - among other places - occure in Florida.
Check a book for exact temperatures. If your house is heated, room
temperature is just fine. (around 20 degrees celcius).
Get the Advanced Vivarium Systems booklet about Anoles. It costs less than
10 bucks and tell you everything you need to know.
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Vita-Lights provide the proper spectrum to maintain anoles in good
health, and anoles love to sit on them for the warmth. Be sure to dust
the crickets with a vitamin/mineral supplement. She uses Reptovit and
replaces it every 6 months. The supplement is vital when feeding
crickets because their calcium/phosphorus ratio is wrong for lizards.
They like a tall cage and love to climb up and down branches. They also
enjoy having a millet-covered finch nest hung in the branches as an
aerial hiding place. These lizards have the best personalities of any
species of lizard she has kept, and are best kept with a single male and
several females. Their courting and territorial behavior is marvelous
to watch. Don't feed crickets longer than 1/2". Anoles will drink from
a bowl, but the water should be shallow so they don't drown. However,
they prefer being misted regularly. A good book is "The General
Maintenance and Care of Green Anoles" by Phillipe de Vosjoli.
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