We raised two clutches of Furcifer pardalis (Panther Chameleons) under controlled conditions to answer a simple question: How do the growth rates of babies raised under UVI 3 and UVI 6 compare? Michael Nash performed a similar experiment which he details in this post.
Rye, for good luck. We received 5 females from reputable CB sources that had issues during/after quarantine since 2017. The first 2 were in 2017. They never had great appetites and seemed to have respiratory issues. We brought them to the vet and kept them isolated for 60 days; however, the vet did not see anything wrong with them, and after they seemed to be healthy enough, we tried to breed them.
tldr; Every animal you acquire, whether it be captive bred (CB) or wild caught (WC), should receive multiple fecal exams. A positive fecal should be managed in consultation with a qualified vet who has experience working with chameleons. Many different species of parasites do not shed at a constant rate, so a negative fecal is not a gaurantee that the animal is clean. We found Coccidia in 2 out of 25 exams that we performed in June-July 2021, and plan to run fecals on every animal in our possession and share the results/methods here.
This pairing was between our third generation hold back, Jack, and our female from Bobby Ruddock, Mavokely. Jack had some of the nicest yellows from Jude x Alla and Bobby’s boy Amarillo is one of my favorite ybbb of all time. These guys should be very special.
Coco brings a new WC line from Brightside Chameleon’s Gambit into our project via Hendrix/Dante from Ramblin’ Exotics! Hendrix is a great mix of two recent WC sires, Gambit and Bolt, and we are very excited to add his daughter to our breeding group. She has phenomenal coloring for a female and has been able to lay and bounce back easily thus far.
Imelda brings a new WC line from Brightside Chameleon’s Gambit into our project via Hendrix/Dante from Ramblin’ Exotics! Hendrix is a great mix of two recent WC sires, Gambit and Bolt, and we are very excited to add his daughter to our breeding group. She layed successfully, but we have been monitoring a minor gular edema on her.
Lokana is the half-sister of Loko. They each have a 50% chance of bringing Kromatisk’s amazing ybbb into our project, but Lokana also has Landy x Hamy from her dam, Shirley’s side. Really can’t go wrong with the two possibilities here. We are very excited to see how she proves out over the years :).
Manjaka brings fresh genetics from a new WC sire, Arlo, who was acclimated by Chris Neeley at Colorado Chameleon. Arlo has a distinct look with red sprinkled on blue bars and a nice yellow body. Very cool Ambilobe import and one of the nicer ybbb with red highlights to come in the past few years.
This pairing was between our third generation hold back, Patch, and our male from Jeremy Booker, Bleu, from Brightside Chameleons. Bleu is the only male with Stryfe in him and we are excited to see what that brings to the project. Bleu x Patch Hatch dates 9/12/2020 - 9/27/2020 Hatch rate 29⁄32 F1