If you are thinking of having a pet, do not rush to immediately choose a dog or a cat. You do not need to limit yourself to the typical, run of the mill animal, for there is a world of possibility to explore.
For example, the decision to buy a chameleon radically changed Katya’s and Arkady’s lives. The couple searched for more than 8 months before they found Houston at a specialized exhibition in Prague.
”We had been searching the Internet for more than 8 months for people who breed chameleons before we found out about the exhibition. And we don’t regret it at all,” Katya said.
Houston is a full member of the family right now. He enjoys spending time with the family and their friends no less than other pets. He gets along perfectly with the couple’s daughter and the cat. He spends a lot of time in the living room, which is his favourite place in the house. He knocks the terrarium’s door with his knee every time he wants to air out.
Moreover, Houston loves to bask in the arms of his owners. Similar to cats and dogs, this unusual animal is not devoid of tenderness. However, chameleons require less work.
In their first months of life, chameleons are not as difficult to care for. They need a little light space, moist earth and a small amount of food. Katya and Arkady raised Houston in a transparent plastic box and fed him midges before he grew to a decent size. He was very small, just the size of a pinkie.
”Initially, it was a piece of cake to care of him. As he began to grow, his needs for the environment and food also began to grow. But, it was still easy for us,” the couple said, sharing their memories.
Nowadays Houston lives in a spacious terrarium with a DIY tree from sticks and a mini waterfall. The terrarium also contains LED und ultraviolet lamps to maintain the right atmosphere that meets the necessary standards for life. In this environment, he perfectly preys on locusts which Arkady specifically buys for him. Chameleons do not need to be fed often. They can easily live without food for 7 to 10 days, which often saves chameleon owners during trips. Also, the disinfection of the terrarium requires only 20 minutes to contain it clean for the whole month.
If you don’t have enough time to take care of a pet, a chameleon is a good choice for you. This amazing animal can become your new friend. In addition to the uniqueness and coziness, a chameleon will undoubtedly bring a lot of exciting and positive events into your home.
Photos by Saodat Khasanova