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Now since this is Chameleon Forums, I want to specifically address PetSmart’s husbandry guidelines for veiled and Jackson’s chameleons. Not every aspect is perfect, but honestly, it’s a lot better than many of us here think (myself included, before I started working there).
This is just wrong, and in my opinion, this is one of the biggest mistakes in this Care Guide. But this is not just a PetSmart thing - most pet stores have not caught up to current husbandry trends of people who have a more specialized expertise in reptiles. Pet store husbandry recommendations typically air on the side of trying to create as natural of an environment as possible in captivity, and plus, PetSmart's reasoning for recommending bark or fiber is to soak up the water and help keep humidity levels up. But the corporate policies don't take into account the fact that the materials pet stores sell as substrate are actually nothing like what these animals live on in the wild (and many people don't know that). Most pet store employees who don’t specialize in reptiles don’t understand impaction risks (which is unfortunate and unacceptable, but difficult to rectify on a large scale). Regardless, I always tell my customers to use paper towels, newspaper, or nothing as substrate with their chameleons.
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On the other hand though, it does include a lot of great information. And the most important thing about it is that it aims to prompt the reader to do his or her own research. The PetSmart Care Guides are not meant to be all-inclusive husbandry information. They are simply , hence the name. The reader is supposed to get general information from the guide, and continue searching for specifics from there. For example, the guide says that chameleons require UVA and UVB lighting, but it does not spell out exactly which bulb they need. So the owner needs to ask someone or look it up to find out that a Reptisun or Repti Glo 5.0 is best. I personally like this about the guides, because my hope is that the reader will turn to Google and end up discovering the haven that is Chameleon Forums (which is exactly what happened to me, back in the BC time period of my life – Before Chameleons).Samuel Is it a screened terrarium or glass and how old and big is your chameleon. You are probably going to need a much bigger tank! I would take the venus fly trap out it will eat the chameleons food and you don't want preston to go hungry. The most commonly used plants are the ficus tree, the umbrella tree, and the pothos. The ficus can sometimes be a little difficult though. If it is a baby i would suggest using fakes, make sure it is non toxic. You can easily buy these at petsmart or petco.I would very much like to contact the district manager myself and explain the situation and have him authorize the adoption because my girlfriend and I feel badly for the chameleon but we won't pay the store for their poor husbandry and living conditions at PetSmart. The chameleon enclosures are far inadequate even for temporary solutions and it's causing a great deal of harm to this poor chameleon. I will update this post as the story unfolds. We'll be calling corporate on Monday regardless.