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Chameleon Academy Podcast Name Change

The Chameleon Breeder Podcast has been renamed the Chameleon Academy Podcast. This move has been made to make it clear that the podcast and website are common outreaches.

A name change has been on my mind for a little while as I noticed comments from people recommending the podcast, but adding "and don't worry, it isn't just for breeders"! After I saw this a couple of times I realized that the title was providing a metal speed bump for people who weren't interested in breeding. I advocate for enjoying chameleons as pets and not think you have to breed. And so, when my friend pointed out that I was the Chameleon BREEDER podcast I realized it was time to change to a more accurate title! I realize there will be a level of confusion that goes along with this change, but I feel it is for the best going forward.

The nae change ties it in intimately with this Chameleon Academy website which was, ironically, developed to provide a better platform for the podcast to operate from!

The Chameleon Academy Podcast is currently in pre-production and season five will start March 6, 2020!

Our focus this season will be on learning how to keep plants alive and understanding how to implement UVB in our chameleon cages. I am also excited to bring back the Outer Fringes feature. This feature highlights other reptiles and amphibians that take specialized arboreal keeping sills. These are considered advanced skills, but if you are a chameleon keeper you have them! Look for episodes on the Draco flying dragon and the Uroplatus phantasticus Satanic Leaf-Tailed Gecko!

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New 2′ x 2′ x 4′ Cage Build Guide Released

Dragon Strand Tall Screen Cage Build Guide

Tall Screen Cage

A new comprehensive cage build was just released which used the new Dragon Strand Tall Screen Cage System. This is the model I will use to teach the principles of how to set up a standard 2' x 2' x 4' cage.

The Dragon Strand Tall Screen Cage System is a full featured system which consists of a 2′ x 2′ x 4′ screen cage, six Dragon Ledges, a Hydration Mount for a mist head, a fitted Drainage Tray, and an additional screen floor.

There is a unique feature of this screen cage in that the back panel is actually solid to protect the walls and furniture from mist overspray. So, in this cage build, I use each of these features to their full benefit, but it is written in a way such that the principles can easily be applied to any of the commonly available 2′ x 2′ x 4′ cages.

You can check out the 2' x 2' x 4' cage build here.

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Welcome to the Chameleon Academy!

The Chameleon Academy has been created to be the center hub for the latest in chameleon husbandry information. This is a multi-media experience with an active weekly podcast and YouTube video outreach.

My name is Bill Strand and I have been working with keepers, breeders, and scientists around the globe to gather together the latest in husbandry techniques. I have been working with and studying chameleons for four decades and have been involved in public education of chameleons since 2002.

In 2015 I started the Chameleon Breeder Podcast as a new and innovative way of  being able to bring the findings of the community together in one place. While a strictly audio medium has enormous advantages, it is difficult to browse. And after over 125 episodes there needed to be a way to access the information easier than scrolling through episodes. Thus was born the Chameleon Academy where you are able to search for topics and do research that includes podcast audio, transcripts, video, and new content. The Chameleon Academy is designed to be a multi-media chameleon research tool.

The Chameleon Academy will be actively updated on a weekly basis and will be the store of my personal drive to discover the most I can about these incredible creatures. Through the podcast, video channel, and this Chameleon Academy I invite you along on my journey.


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