Here are some photographs of another first for South Africa - Fischer chameleons bred
at our chameleon facility. The female laid 10 eggs in January 2007, two were
obviously bad. These were laid in a flower pot with a root bound ficus - the
female’s ability to burrow through almost impenetrable root mass was amazing. The
eggs were very small - around 9mm by 4mm.
was done at 17c with a slight rise in the last month and in September 6 hatched. Books
commonly indicate that Fischer eggs are difficult to incubate successfully, so we are understandably proud of our achievement.
chameleons are growing well but slowly - at four months they are roughly the size of four week old veiled! Already the males’ nose ornaments are showing. Unlike
the adults it is the females that are green, whereas the males are often a muddy brown.
all mountain chameleons these require cooler temperatures than panthers or veiled and a more humid environment.
A fascinating species that deserves more interest. Caresheets can be found on the web or details can be found
in the book Exotic Chameleons in South Africa.