The Parson’s Chameleon has a smaller subspecies that isn‘t always in the limelight, but has a fierce and dedicated following. Calumma parsonii cristifer is a popular chameleon that has become available as captive bred. Today I am joined by Aaron Allred who breeds this species and he shares with us his experiences in keeping them healthy and breeding them.
In this third part of the Calumma parsonii series we focus on the smaller of the two subspecies, Calumma parsonii cristifer. It has parson’s charm, but not all of the challenges of it’s larger cousin Calumma parsonii parsonii. Even though this subspecies isn’t as well known it is amazing how many people have requested an episode specifically about it! Well, here it is. Aaron Allred hails from the Pacific Northwest and has been working with C.p. cristifer for a number of years. He is a great example of someone who used the information available, figured out where to dig deeper, and was able to succeed in hatching them out multiple times. As I play this interview with Aaron, you’ll get the basics such as temperature and humidity and some husbandry tips, but when I bring on these breeders, the greatest value actually ends up being hearing their answers to questions you didn’t think to type into Google.
Aaron Allred’s Instagram account. Join up here to keep track of what is going on with Aaron!
Project Cristifer is a Facebook group where you can meet with other like minded individuals that are working with Calumma parsonii cristifer.