Jaschwartz 2011-12-02 02:12:34
I have a healthy, approx. 2 yr old veiled chameleon, and am going on
vacation for 2 weeks. I don’t know anyone who could come in and
provide care while I’m away. Is it possible to leave it for 2 weeks,
with plently of food? Any other options?
Realsarah 2011-12-02 02:14:11
Sure it’s possible. Oh you want to be sure of having a live Cham when you get
back. Not real likely. Hydration issues. What happens if water stops up/drys up
etc 2 days after you leave.
Pets tie you down.
Jenn 2011-12-02 02:14:32
I doubt you could do it for 2 weeks. A couple days, maybe. My boss’s
veiled colony gets fed every day and watered twice daily. They are very
high maintenance lizards.
I would suggest calling around at vet offices and asking if anybody
boards reptiles. Then grill them on chameleon care, because not all
vets know much about herps. But even an ignorant vet would be better
than no care at all.
Also look up your local herp society and ask if anybody pet sits for
(who’s going on a trip too and is grateful she can leave her chameleon
Jaschwartz 2011-12-02 02:16:13
THis chameleon has done 4 days with no problem. There is water in the
aquarium (partitioned) for turtles and fish, and I think it knows how
to drink from it. I think it would make it, with plenty of food, but
I probably won’t risk it – I don’t want to kill it.
Snake_handler 2011-12-02 02:17:38
i you have enough food i think a different kind of drip system might
work for the water.get a 5 gallon jug.a very large bowl to drip water
into.a pump with a timer which will pump water out of the bowl back into
the jug which will in turn drip back into the bowl.it will last several
days.i have tryed this a few times and it does work.just set the timer
to pump the water before the bowl fills up.if you dont it will fill your
Dontpanic 2011-12-02 11:55:11
Erm, the chameleon needs clean water — not dirty turtle water. And
what will the turtles and the fish be eating for 2 weeks? There’s
also the risk of putting 2 weeks worth of crickets into the cham’s
enclosure. They may all end up in the water to be eaten by
above-mentioned turtles and fish, or they may miraculously stay on
land (I’ve never known crickets to be this smart though) and get
hungry after a few days and start nibbling on the lizard. You have
friends/relatives/neighbors, right? Training even the most inept
neighborhood kid to come feed and water the lizard every day or two is
vastly preferable to leaving the animals unattended for 2 weeks.
And as a side note – It is generally a bad idea to house turtles with
other reptiles. They may carry entamoeba, which is fatal to
non-chelonian reptiles. Entamoeba is particularly devious because the
turtle may harbor it and not shed any for years, and then it gets
stressed or sick and -BAM- dead lizard. But hey, I’ve done it, many
others have done it, and people will continue to do it. Most of the
time we get lucky. Just thought I’d put the info out there for you.