Saturday, May 26, 2007
This is not the art you would expect from me, but it is something I drew up, planned, and built myself...
My freshman year of high school I got a chameleon, and it died after about six months of me having it, because the dude at the pet store was a moron. Basically he told us everything we needed to do to kill a chameleon (ie: house it in a glass terrarium, feed it calcium supplements with EVERY feeding, and use a melting ice cube to quench its thirst). I have been super interested in the animals for awhile now, and have always wanted to get another one. for those of you who don't know, Chameleons are super difficult to maintain, and require a lot of special attention and special conditions that can be difficult and expensive to replicate in captivity. They require a tall vivarium of at least 4 feet tall, with screening on at least three sides with the top also screened. Chameleons do NOT survive in glass enclosures because of poor ventilation and they can become extremely stressed with the sight of another chameleon (or their own reflection). There are very few manufactures that even produce a product CLOSE to adequate for chameleon husbandry, let alone exactly what is needed. So I decided to make my own, it's 2 feet by 3 feet by 6.5 feet, screened on five sides (front, left side, right side, top, and bottom for water drainage) has a complete misting system which I can control how much it "rains" inside of the habitat, and 5 light sources providing UVA, UVB radiation (necessary for calcium absorption and healthy bones in chameleons) and several heat sources of different temperatures for him to "bask" in.
As odd as this sounds, my Chameleon is coming in the mail on Wednesday (hopefully in good active health) I'll add pictures of him as soon as I get the chance, but for now, instead of drawing, this is what I've been up to for the past two weeks!