Plastic/fiberglass enclosures

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


Light/heat placement - Easy


Can be easily drilled etc. Make sure heat source will not burn sides/top.



Maintains heat - Poor

Insides can be covered in cork tiles which insulate or whole vivarium can be insulated from the outside. Fiberglass is a better insulator than plastic.
Retaining heat can be dificult and is also dependant on ventilation but poor insulation helps establish a larger thermal gradient


Ventilation - Variable

Easy to add ventilation. Mesh fronted vivs are preferable with additional vent at the top near the heat source.

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Maintains humidity - Variable

Depending on ventilation.


Adding Drainage - Easy

Good drainage is a must and easy to add. Water will not damage plastic or fibreglass over time.


Cleaning - Easy

Can be thoroughlty cleaned without difficulty.


Stress Factors

Usually available in light colours which can cause "bouncing" of UV which is not desirable for some individual chameleons. Inside walls can be covered in cork tiles or fish tank backing to prevent this.


Additional Comments

Purpose built plastic/fibreglass vivs with proper ventilation, mesh front, covered sides and good drainage are a very suitable housing option and don't deteriorate with age.

Make sure the plastic used for the caging is UV stable otherwise it will become very brittle over time.

These types of vivarium can not be moved outside in suitable 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

Glass

Wood

Freerange

 

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