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Plants in your chameleon cages provide your chameleons with a habitat that is close to their natural environment.

Plants provide footholds for chameleons to rest on when they bask, and they need basking spots at various levels throughout their chameleon cages to bask at different ambient temperatures.

Besides basking spots, plants provide foliage for capturing water from your drippers and also from water sprays. If you’re using live plants, they also increase the humidity of the chameleon cages, making water evaporate slower and therefore more readily available to your chameleons.

Plants in your chameleon cages also provide much needed cover for your shy chameleons. Chameleons feel more secure when hiding away from view, both from other chameleons and humans as well. A complex network of branches and vines also provide a good exercise ground for hunting live insects in your chameleon cages.

You can use live plants in your chameleon cages by growing them, but that means maintaining and cleaning from additional live organisms living in the cage. But live plants provide a more dynamic environment for your chameleon and help to retain moisture better.

The best arrangement is to use a combination of real and fake plants in your chameleon cages. Use real umbrella trees for foliage and fake vines and branches for basking spots so they remain in fixed places.

Fake plants like polyethylene Ivy look alike and vines alike can be found at common pet stores. However, the plastic plants that you use should be non-toxic and should be easy to clean and disinfect. Chameleons may not eat leaves, but they do lick water off the leaves and some may also chew leaves to get water.

Most of these plastic plants come with suction cups for you to fix easily onto your chameleon cages. You need to clean these plastic plants from time to time since mold and bacteria might grow on them. So make sure you can remove them easily.

Make sure the vines you have installed are secure enough to support the weight of your chameleons properly. If you think that the suction cups are not strong enough to support your chameleons, you can use wire ties to reinforce your vines by tying them onto the sides of your chameleon cages.

When using real plants, it is also important not to use any species that could be toxic to your chameleons. It is best to use plant species with plenty of leaf cover, but make sure they don’t grow too quickly or you will have a lot of gardening to do with your chameleon cages.



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