Glass enclosures

Light/heat placement
Heat retention
Ventilation
Humidity
Drainage
Cleaning
Stress Factors
Additional Comments





Light/heat placement - Hard

UVB light must be inside as glass absorbes UVB. Can be hard to attach both heat bulb and UV light.
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Maintains heat - Poor

Inside can be covered in cork sheets which insulate. Alternatively the outside can be insulated but care should be given to avoiding turning the inside walls into "mirrors" where the chameleon will see its reflection and stress.


Ventilation - Variable

Adding ventilation is a specialist job. Not generally designed for chameleons.

Open top/mesh covered fish tanks are not suitable as the air soon becomes stale at the bottom.
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Maintains humidity - Very good

Usually too good and can lead to respiratory infection from stale air


Adding Drainage - Hard

Good drainage is a must but very hard to add.


Cleaning - Easy

Can be thoroughlty cleaned without much difficulty.


Stress Factors

Reflections and all round visibility can cause stress but covering inside walls with cork sheets or fish tank backing helps.


Additional Comments

Purpose built glass vivariums with proper ventilation, covered sides and good drainage are much more suitable than fish tank varieties and also handle water well. Still danger of burns (see Mesh - light/heat) if mesh top used.

These types of vivarium can not be moved outside in nice weather so the chameleon will undergo a degree of stress when moved outside to a new enclosure.


Plastic Mesh - such as Reptarium

Aluminium Mesh - black flyscreen such as the Terry Thatcher range

Plastic - vision vivariums or purpose built

Wood

Freerange

 

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