(Sam is fired up as this display of pattern is called in the Chameleon world.)
Sam hunts insects from among the vines and foliage in his cage.
Often, I am unable to remove the ones that he doesn’t eat in one day.
They should not remain in the cage for several reasons,
among which is that they may bite the animal while he is sleeping.
Here, Sam is climbing around hunting his dinner.
Chameleons can be trained to eat from a cup
but they enjoy hunting their prey
and they get the added benefit of exercise.
They have the ability to stretch their bodies to incredible lengths.
Their tongues extend to twice the length of their bodies.
They are extraordinarily flexible and can contort themselves in any way they choose.
The spoiled little rascal is waiting for his wax worms.
I feed them in a cup, and he knows that he is going to get some
every morning. So, he often waits to be served!
Initially, I don’t think he noticed the cricket since he was hunting.
Finally, I think he felt it on his back and began to look warily behind him.
This one has no calcium/mineral dust on him, so he has been in the cage too long.
Here, he sees the cricket clearly, but his long tongue doesn’t operate backwards
(at least, I don’t think it does) so he can’t catch it off his nose!
He is beginning to puff out his gutteral pouch in annoyance
as he watches the dumb cricket.
Ah-ha! I got you!
That really isn’t why he’s displaying like this, but it looks that way!
Actually, I think this is an amusing threatening posture.
I think he is practicing his adult behaviors as the dragons did when they were young.
Ah, what a joy little Sam has been for me.
I love watching him and taking care of him.
Chameleons are not pets.
They are not appropriate animals for children.
Their care is not difficult, but it requires constant monitoring and careful attention.
They are not “lap dog” animals.
They are wild, exotic creatures who must be treated and accommodated as such.
Very soon, Sam will be joined by a male Panther Chameleon, Hugo.
(Sam is a veiled chameleon)
The two will be housed in separate enclosures as are all chameleons.
The setup for them is somewhat complicated and has taken several weeks.
Hugo will not be shipped until his home is completed and approved by the breeder.
Ed and Liddy Kramer of Kramerflage Kreations are the breeders.
(They require very specific proof of suitability from the applicant keeper.)
I am so excited to be receiving him into the Sherwood Zoo
that I simply couldn’t resist posting a preview of him!