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Baby Pygmy Chameleon

Postby cousin it » Mon Nov 24, 2014 6:19 pm

I thought I would post this in this section due to it not being fish related.
When I arrived home this evening I checked the egg tubs that I have been incubating some pygmy chameleon eggs in and had a little bit of a pleasant surprise.

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my first hatchling bearded pygmy chameleon had decided it was time to arrive.

as I gently transferred it to the grow on container Lucie managed to grab a picture of it on my little finger

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Re: Baby Pygmy Chameleon

Postby Rockfish » Mon Nov 24, 2014 10:02 pm

That's fantastic! :D

Amazing to see a miniature version of an already tiny animal! That almost makes my veiled chameleon babies look large!
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Re: Baby Pygmy Chameleon

Postby cousin it » Mon Nov 24, 2014 10:16 pm

It is incredible to see, they are so delicate that trying to remove them from the incubation container is tricky, the parents are a captive bred female and a wild caught male, unfortunately the male died shortly after the mating but his legacy lives on in these little gems.

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This is the second baby just as it was exiting the egg, I checked the container and as I opened it I noticed this one had hatched in the 30mins between checks, a quick picture taken has stuned me as I did not imagine it could turn out as good as it did.
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Re: Baby Pygmy Chameleon

Postby Carylnz » Mon Nov 24, 2014 11:41 pm

That is so cool!
We don't have chameleons here. :(
What size are the adults?
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Re: Baby Pygmy Chameleon

Postby cousin it » Mon Nov 24, 2014 11:55 pm

The adults are only about 2 inches long.
this is a full grown pygmy.
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Re: Baby Pygmy Chameleon

Postby Carylnz » Tue Nov 25, 2014 3:52 am

I assume they change colours like the big ones?
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Re: Baby Pygmy Chameleon

Postby cousin it » Tue Nov 25, 2014 8:07 pm

They can change pattern on their body to make them look more like lichen but their colour is fixed to the olive green, they can still hide very well as many times I have trouble finding them in the vivarium only to have it pointed out to me that the one I am looking for is right in front of me almost waving to me :roll:
A 3rd baby hatched this evening and is now with its siblings.
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Re: Baby Pygmy Chameleon

Postby Carylnz » Tue Nov 25, 2014 11:49 pm

Are they hard to keep and do you need a permit or anything?
What do you feed yours?
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Re: Baby Pygmy Chameleon

Postby cousin it » Sat Nov 29, 2014 12:03 am

They can be a little difficult to keep, this is due to the majority of the ones available are wild caught and do not tend to survive very long in captivity, captive bred ones appear to be more robust and fare better, my female ( grumpy knickers ) is doing very well at the moment and I am hoping that her babies also fare well.
You do not need a permit to keep them as they are not classified as dangerous.
Mine feed on crickets, fruit flies and calci worms when I can find them for sale, the babies are feeding on tropical spring tails, dwarf white tropical wood lice and pin head crickets.
This weekend I have to check the mothers vivarium as I believe that there might be two more clutches of eggs buried in there somewhere.

While sat here typing this I have the sound track of a male poison dart frog calling to the females as the lights dim in the vivarium, makes for a pleasant way to view the aquariums :mrgreen: .
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Re: Baby Pygmy Chameleon

Postby Carylnz » Sat Nov 29, 2014 2:48 am

Good thing my daughter in law does not belong to this forum as she would be so jealous of your frogs! She has Southern Bells. We are not allowed the poisonous ones :-(
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Re: Baby Pygmy Chameleon

Postby cousin it » Tue Dec 02, 2014 8:37 pm

They look like a really nice species.
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Re: Baby Pygmy Chameleon

Postby Darryl1984 » Fri Dec 05, 2014 10:34 am

I want one lol
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Re: Baby Pygmy Chameleon

Postby Carylnz » Fri Dec 05, 2014 8:06 pm

They do look interesting but I doubt I would want one (even if they were legal in NZ) as, with my poor old lady eyesight, I would need the normal sized, brighter coloured, chameleons or I would not be able to see them! :oops: :rofl:
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Re: Baby Pygmy Chameleon

Postby cousin it » Fri Dec 05, 2014 10:58 pm

The adults are a continual game of where's wally (waldo) in the weeping fig that is in their vivarium as they mimic the leaves very well, I have spent ages at times trying to find the adult only to have it pointed out that it is directly infront of me almost waving :oops:
The babies are developing nicely, they are now eating micro crickets as the main part of their diet dusted with calcium powder to assist bone development, they have also been given some dusted with multi vitamins just to be sure, they are becoming very adept little hunters, I have watched them stalk and catch several crickets this evening which has put my mind at rest that they are eating properly.
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Re: Baby Pygmy Chameleon

Postby cousin it » Sat Dec 27, 2014 10:30 am

All 4 of the babies are doing great and eating like little pigs, this morning I found that the last egg from this season has hatched.
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