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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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Ep 149: Understanding Chameleon Caresheets

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When we start with a new reptile the first thing we do is search for a care sheet. These are summaries that give us the basics of what that animal needs to thrive. But it can be confusing when you get two or three caresheets and they contradict each other. In today’s episode I talk about how caresheets are constructed and how to navigate the information they provide.

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Geckos

Ep 148: Satanic Leaf-tailed Geckos with Lawrence Erickson

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One of the most cryptic and incredible reptiles is the Uroplatus phantasticus also known as the satanic Leaf-tailed Gecko. Quite the dramatic name for such a cute finger perching gecko! Today I talk to Lawrence Erickson who has bred phantasticus for many years.

Check out Lawrence's website by clicking the picture below

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Jacksons Chameleons

Ep 147: Planning a Trip to Kenya with Jan Stipala

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One of the most exciting things a chameleon enthusiast can do is visit chameleons in their home country. And today I am going to talk with Jan Stipala about some nuts and bolts of planning a trip to Kenya.

Jan Stipala
Mountain Dragons

"Mountain Dragons" is a beautifully photographed record of Jan Stipala's research into the highland species of Kenya's chameleons. Each page is filled with large photographs of chameleons many of us have never heard of, much less seen pictures of. In here we see the amazing variation in appearance of species such as Trioceros jacksonii and Trioceros hoehneli. This is a coffee table book that looks gorgeous, but it is also filled with information and an extensive species profile section in the back. This is one of those books that belongs in every serious chameleon enthusiast's library!

I am lucky to be able to make this available for US customers. The US postal service is generous in offering special media rates for books. If you live in Canada or elsewhere please email me at bill@chameleonacademy.com and we will work it out!

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Ep 146: Branching Your Chameleon Cage with Alec O’Brien

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Chameleons perch on branches. They spend their lives on branches. So it is actually pretty important for us to give them the right branches. Today I go over branch functions, how to select the right branch for the right purpose, what woods to use and how to mount them in the chameleon cage. Alec O'Brien then joins me and discusses how he sterilizes his branches.

ReptiBranch

Reptibranch

If you would like to learn more about Alec and Reptibranch then head on over to Instagram and watch him build this up.

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Panther Chameleons

Ep 145: The Panther Chameleon Species With Dr. Mark Scherz

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Dr. Mark Scherz joins me to discuss the different colors of Furcifer pardalis. Are they species? morphs? locales? The answers may not be ours yet, but Mark gives us discussion points to think about.

The Official Paper-Under-Discussion of the Episode

article on panther chameleon species

We don't dive too deeply into the paper in the first part of the two part series but here is a sneak peak.

Mark Scherz Blog and Website hub

Mark Scherz website

Do you see all those link icons? Go to the website and click on these to find his Instagram, Tumbler, Facebook, and other digital outreaches!

Awesome Madagascar Wildlife Posters

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Mark has a poster for the frogs he encountered in Madagascar and the Uroplatus he encountered. Click. above to check them out!

Squamates Podcast

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You know I love podcasts! Well, Mark does too and he has his own. Check it out!

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draco

Ep 144: Draco Flying Dragon with Charles Mcallister

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The Draco flying dragon is an incredible species that has the ability to shoot through the air from tree to tree. But it has been exceptionally hard to establish in captivity. Today I talk with breeder Charles Mcallister about the start of the captive breeding community.

Charles Mcallister

Charles Mcallister is a reptile breeder that guides us through his experiences as he dedicated his efforts solely towards unlocking the mysteries of the enigmatic Draco flying dragon. The images that follow are from Charles' private breeding collection. Charles currently works with Draco maculatus, sometimes known as the Spotted Flying Dragon. This species is widespread through southeast Asia. Though Dracos have always been highly valued in captive collections they have failed to establish a foothold due to the poor condition imported adults come in. The death rate, added to the common thought that they needed ants or termites to survive, kept any captive establishment at bay. Charles has produced a substantial first generation and is working on the second captive generation. Where wild caught adults are flighty, the captive hatch specimens, while active, are calm and do not show the same fear of humans. It is efforts like this that are encouraging and show that we still are in an era of advancement in our breeding efforts.

The Draco community is still forming. We are at the beginning stages and we have the pleasure of watching it as it grows. On this podcast I will continue to share advancements and achievements in this exciting effort.


Eggs of the Dragon

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Draco hatching

Welcome to the World, Baby Dracos!

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Growing Up

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Draco juvenile

Coming of Age

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Draco adult

Those Incredible Wings!

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Draco wings
Draco wings

The Mating Dance and the Next Generation

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Draco dewlap
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Sweet Pea

Ep 142: Sweet Pea, MBD, and the Will to Live

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Sweet Pea is a Veiled Chameleon with severe MBD. Through the dedication of Marianna Bolin, she was given a second chance for life. Today's message is for anyone who is caring for a chameleon with MBD. There are no sure things, but there is hope.

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Follow Sweet Pea & Marianna at the following links

Sweet Pea Facebook
Sweet Pea Instagram
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Through the ARAV you can find a vet that would like to see reptiles.

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Creating Your Chameleon Sanctuary

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Today I touch on a couple topics. I talk about the difficulty in beginners getting the right information, I revisit the Plants Alive! challenge, and I encourage us to see our cage as a sanctuary. I also announce that this will be the last daily episode of a chameleon keeper in self-imposed isolation. It has been a thrilling run of over one month of daily episodes! I will be going back to the week format where an episode is released every Friday.

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