Most everyone who keeps a chameleon has considered some sort of a free range. We like being with our animals. And it seems obvious that our chameleons would like it better to be free to go where they please. So today we are going to talk about free ranging your chameleons. What is it like and how do you do it?
For those new to this concept, a free range is loose term, but is usually used to describe the practive of having your chameleon live in your home without a cage. You have everything for a chameleon that you would with a cage, you just don’t have the six walls!
I will be joined by Karen Stockman of the Chameleon Farm to discuss her experiences with free ranges. She has extensive experience with true free ranging within a human living space. That means it is not just an afternoon out of the cage, but it is a permanent living situation. If you have considered setting up a free range or have just wondered what it would be like then sit back, relax, and enjoy the show.
Karen was kind enough to share the following images to show her free range set-ups. Notice the washing machine drainage trays used for the bottom to catch the misting. Also notice the cute pug who is chameleon friendly. Beware of pets that view your chameleons as toys or prey. Having other “free range” pets such as dogs or cats is a major consideration when thinking about free ranging.
Great links for more information:
Karen is part of the Chameleon Farm. Follow them on their Facebook page to learn about their chameleon crew and Karen’s other published works:
You’ll find many excellent articles written by Karen at Reptileapartment.com. She has an experienced voice and speaks on contemporary topics.
Here are some of Karen’s articles on Reptile Apartment to check out
And there is one that discusses T. melleri and her free range adventures on the Chameleons eZine.
If you are interested in the Large Atrium Enclosure from our sponsor, Dragon Strand then you can click on the picture to be taken to the product page:
The Large Atrium is also available as a Clearside version which keeps the mist inside your cage and gives you a view unobstructed by screen. Click the picture for more information.