Monthly Archives - July 2020

Cristatus Chameleon

Ep 154: Allen Repashy and Reptile Supplementation

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Supplementation powders are a cornerstone of our captive reptile nutrition. One of the most prominent supplements in our community has been the Repashy Superfoods line. In today’s episode, Allen Repashy, the founder and formulator, comes on and shares with us what got him started in reptiles and how that led to creating a diverse line of nearly 50 specialty supplements and diets.

Supplements changed the reptile keeping hobby. Now we can add calcium to our feeder insects to create strong bones. We can avoid vitamin deficiency. But for every advantage there are dangers. Both D and A are fat soluble and can be overdosed. Vitamins and minerals are meant to be ingested in a certain balance so the formulation must be intelligently approached. The research behind reptile nutrition is spotty at best so no small amount of testing must be done. Thus it is well worth our time to learn about the formulator and strategy behind formulation of our supplements.

Repashy Calcium Plus

Repashy Calcium Plus is a general purpose multi-vitamin supplement. It has moderate levels of vitamin D3 and preformed vitamin A. Within the chameleon community it has been used successfully as an every feeding supplement by some panther chameleon breeders. The most high profile breeder is Kammerflage Kreations. For more information on what has been done, an interview with Ed Kammer can be found here

Kammerflage

Though more testing would be appropriate to confirm the suspicion, it appears that this formulation has a balance of vitamins and minerals that produces edema in certain montane chameleon species. These issues seem to clear up with Repashy Calcium Plus LoD. Presumably, this is due to the lower levels of both vitamin D3 and A. But, once again, these are best guesses based on anecdotal testing and more rigorous methods must be applied to speak with certainty.

Repashy Calcium Plus LoD

Repashy Calcium Plus LoD has become a common supplement used as a bi-weekly/monthly "top-off" for husbandry strategies that focus on strong UVB for D3 production. This is often used in chameleon husbandry a few times a month for the presence of preformed vitamin A.  Since the chameleon gets their vitamin D3 consistently through daily UVB exposure the D3 inclusion is merely a bonus. We still are careful for a number of montane chameleons, such as Jackson's Chameleon, as they appear to be sensitive to our vitamin D3 and A supplementation. But the LoD formulation appears to sit with them better than the regular Calcium Plus. This shows off the convenience of the Repashy line as it has great flexibility so that you can find a formulation and dusting schedule to match the needs of your specific reptile.

Repashy Supercal NoD

Of course, what supplement line would not have plain calcium? Plain calcium is used as an every feeding base in many caresheets. When selecting a plain calcium, read carefully both the front and the ingredients. Verify if vitamin D3 has been added. Ensure that, if it is present, that you intend to be using that level of D3. The Repashy line contains a number of calcium/vitamin D3 formulations. If you are purchasing for your chameleon and are looking for a plain calcium, ensure that you are buying the one with the green monitor on the front label.

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Jackson's Chameleon

Ep 153: Intro to the Chameleon Community

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Starting off with chameleons can be an intimidating time. Coming into the chameleon community you are bombarded with UVB, D3, gradients, and a wide range of passionate, yet contradicting opinions. Today I am going to review the basics to get you off on the right foot.

Welcome to those of you new to the community. This episode is going to condense what you need to start your chameleon journey into one powerful dose of audio goodness. The last time I did this was for episode 30 of this podcast. That was four years and 123 episodes ago. That puts our journey here on the show into perspective! So, obviously, we can’t cram 150+ episodes into one, but what I can do is ease the transition into this new world. This episode is for the person just starting out or the one who has been away for a while and wondering what has changed while they were gone. And it is a resource for social media moderators and advisors to link to when someone asks what they need to know about chameleons.

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The Original Chameleon Summary Episode!

If you had fun with this episode and want to listen to another just like it you can turn back the hands of time and check out episode 30. That was four years and 123 episodes ago and I have grown much since then. But there is still so much good information in there I thought I'd share it again!

Introduction to Chameleons

The Three Main Species of Chameleons!

The Veiled, Panther, and Jackson's Chameleons are the top three species you will run into and, really, could you ask for more? These are gorgeous species and wonderful chameleon pets! Here are the profiles for each for you to check out!

chameleons caresheets

Why we don't co-habitate Chameleons

The Forest Edge 4+4 Method for Chameleon Cages

Here is where you will learn how to set up a chameleon cage properly!

panther chameleon baby

Making the Chameleon Kit Work

 

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waxy monkey tree frog

Ep 152: The Waxy Monkey tree Frog with Philippe de Vosjoli

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Today we take a close look at the Waxy Monkey Tree Frog. No, it is not a chameleon, but you will be much more successful with this species if you use chameleon husbandry rather than standard frog husbandry. And to introduce us to this unique frog is none other than Philippe de Vosjoli.

Welcome to another episode of the Outer Fringes where we explore an arboreal reptile – or amphibian – that chameleon keepers would be uniquely suited to understand. Today we are talking about Phyllomedusa sauvagii, the Waxy Monkey Tree Frog. This is the most unfrog frog. It climbs in the branches prowling about like a cat and it perches like an unusually cute gargoyle. It’s arboreal nature and its adaptations to a dry environment puts it firmly into husbandry conditions that many chameleon keepers will recognize.

I am very happy to have Philippe de Vosjoli back on the podcast. People who have been around recognize this name as the founder of the Vivarium magazine and the Advanced Vivarium Systems collection of herpetocultural reference books. He has a wide experience with reptile and amphibian care and, over these many decades, has been active in the legal status of reptile keeping and promoting the value of keeping reptiles in the first place. We will get insight into the care of Phyllomedusa sauvagii, but we will also touch on Philippe’s perspective on the role of the breeder in the community. If some of what we talk about sounds familiar to you regular podcast listeners it is because Philippe’s work was instrumental in forming my views.   I am pleased to bring you this interview.

baby waxy monkey tree frogs
waxy monkey tree frog
Waxy Monkey Tree Frog
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rolling chameleon cages

Ep 151: Transporting Chameleons

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We all know, more or less, that Chameleons are suppose to stay in their cage. But what happens when you have to transport them? Whether just to the vet or to a new home across the state, or to a foreign country, or as a surprise escape in a natural disaster, you will have to plan for how this is going to work! Today I talk about transporting our chameleons.

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Jacksons Chameleon eating from on hand

Ep 150: Breaking the Chameleon Rules

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Last week I talked about caresheets - how they were made and how we should use them. These provide guidelines for the husbandry. But then you see people breaking the rules. People you considered experts are doing it differently and then someone from left field is doing exactly what was said not to do and gloating about it. So, who do you listen to? Today, I talk about breaking the rules.

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