- Series: Chameleons (Book 2)
- Paperback: 64 pages
- Publisher: Tfh Pubns Inc (March 1, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0793802857
- ISBN-13: 978-0793802852
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.2 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,810,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Guide to Owning a Chameleon Paperback – March 1, 1995
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Few lizards fascinate keepers more than the African and Madagascan chameleons. In this book experienced keepers explain in detail how to house, feed, and breed a variety of species. Natural history also is included. Fully illustrated in color.
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1) There are sections containing blatantly terrible husbandry suggestions. For example: glass aquariums are recommended for housing, despite the fact these types of cages have long been known to be unsuitable for chameleons.
2) Despite ostensibly being a book about chameleon husbandry, about half the text is devoted to a description of general chameleon biology, which if the rest of the book is any indication, is probably wrong.
3) There are sections that appear to be blatant advertisements for products that chameleons do not need or use, and could actually be determinental to the health of a captive chameleon. For example: the use of a "Nature's Heat" brand heat rock is recommended. Not only have heat rocks not been used in twenty years because they were found to cause massive thermal burns in captive reptiles, but chameleons are arboreal lizards that would not (and could not) ever use a heat rock.
All in all I would stay away, unless you're interested in learning how chameleon husbandry has developed over the past two decades. There are some fun pictures, but again, nothing you can't find for free on the internet.