You are researching what you need to have to keep chameleons as pets and you’ve reached the part where you need to decide what cage is best to house your pet in. The first thing you will realize when buying a chameleon cage is that the products available on the market is extremely limited.
It is not an easy task to choose the best chameleon cage that is totally appropriate for them. I have list here some type of chameleon cage and also some alternative cage that you can use to house chameleons.
#1 Glass chameleon cages
You should remember that not all glass tanks are suitable for keeping chameleons. This is because unsuitable glass cages for a chameleon can create many problems such as poor ventilation, lime scale, reflections, poor drainage. You will have to ensure that you chose the glass terrariums that design for chameleons, not aquariums that are designed for housing fish and water.
It is a good ideal to choose the glass tank that have a screen mesh that generally fitted at the top of the ventilation. The pros of glass tank are that it is more visually appealing for your chameleons and much easier to maintain.
#2 Screen Cages
The cage I have used very successfully over many years is screen cage. Personally, I would like to recommend this cage to you. This is because the screen cages will provide adequate sunlight and continuous supply of fresh air circulates for chameleons. Well ventilation is very important to prevents the development of respiratory problems in chameleons.
Moreover, screen cages offer good drainage for heavy spraying. You do not need to worry whenever you want to spray the cage for increase humidity levels. If the cage is not drained well and kept dry, it may lead to the growth of harmful microorganisms that can be dangerous for your pet’s health.
If you are living in the climate that good for chameleons, you can use aviary to house your chameleons. You just need to ensure that the aviary you use is large enough for chameleons. Aviaries do the great job to mimic the conditions similar to chameleon natural habitat.
Besides, ensure that the cage is not constructed by thin bars as it can be danger that the chameleon will start to climb the thin wires but be unable to maintain its footing and fall.
#4 DIY Chameleon Cage
Once you are experienced chameleon keeper and you know well about their requirements of ventilation, lighting, temperature, security and drainage, you may find a DIY cage is the best one for you.
The most important factor when built you own cage is the safety. You need to ensure that there are no sharp edges in the cage. There will be water in the form of sprays or humidity, the wood or other material need to be waterproof.