12-15-2010, 04:57 PM
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: New York
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Re: Chameleon safe plants?
I do not keep chameleons (can't get cool nights in summer), but I have a couple of thoughts:
1) I have never heard of any tropical herp actually dying from eating a tropical plant. While some recommend going biotopical (e.g., basilisks with neoptropical plants, water dragons with Asian plants), I have never seen a documented case where, let's say, a NW chuckwalla died from eating an OW Euphorbia!
2) But this does not apply to all plants from outsides an animal's natural region. Ivy (Hedera) will kill bearded dragons; this is not an urban legend. This is why, to play it safe, I try to stay biotopical.
3) The vert setup with all the bromeliads looks good--but why, may I ask, for chameleons? For me, that would be the perfect setup for big hylids, phyllomedusines and/or conehead lizards or bigger anoles.
Not just a biotopical bias--don't chameleons like branches w/o lots of obstacles? Isn't this why people tend to load chameleon setups with ficus, schefflera and vines--to make it easier for them to navigate?
4) As to the flowering plants on your list, I have never heard of any herp having a problem--especially the bromeliads. (As for the ferns, I have never seen a problem, but I am not 100% certain).
My bigger, non-rhetorical question is this: How do chameleon feet deal with big aroid leaves? And how do aroid leaves deal w chameleon feet?!?
For me, if I had a Panther:
Scindapsus pictus (I know, it's close enough for me)
Medinilla sedifolia (mounted)
A couple of Madagascar angraecoids (mounted)
And that Madagascar Asplenium that Andy sells...
1.0 Hyla gratiosa
1.0 Litoria caerula
1.1 Japalura splendida
1.0 Intellagama leseurii