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Hydration and Humidity  

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Of all of the husbandry parameters HYDRATION is the most important. You want to ensure that the chameleon is getting plenty to drink daily. Too little water can cause long term health problems. Proper hydration can be accomplished by using several different methods or a combination of methods. What you choose depends on your cage, your ability to properly maintain the system, whether it is inside or outdoors, the time and money you want to invest, and the species or more specifically the individual cham's preference. Be sure that the humidity requirements for your species are being met, and remember that any method of watering is going to at least temporarily increase the humidity level. Do not confuse humidity with hydration. Humidity is the amount of moisture in the air, hydration is the amount of water consumed by the chameleon.

Methods

  • Direct connect misting systems hook up to either the hose or house water supply

  • Self-contained misting systems have their own water tank 

  • Humidifiers are not really for watering systems, more for HUMIDITY level, however, if set up to they can create a DEW on leaves in the morning or evening and many species look for that for water.

  • Drip systems designed for reptile use, that have an adjustable valve to control drip flow. These should be set to drip onto the leaves of plants to slow the flow and give the cham a chance to SEE it

  • Similar to drip systems are home made drip systems, using many different styles, but the same result. You can make one with almost any plastic container. Take a deli cup and poke a few PIN holes in the bottom, place it on top of the cage and put water in it. You have just manufactured a drip waterer. You can of course get much more sophisticated than that and make one from sturdier materials.

  • It has been suggested in the past, to place ice cubes on the top of cages and let them melt. The drips have about the right timing, but, in my and many other chamowners experience, most chameleons PREFER  WARM water.     

  • One of the best methods is to get a spray bottle (I use a pump type to save my trigger finger) and spray above the chameleon onto leaves creating a DRIP FLOW. Remember to use HOT water in your bottle, by the time it reaches your cham it will be warm.

  • I almost did not mention these because they are very risky, but surely some one is going to find them anyway, SO...  WATERFALLS are used for hydration as well. They are very DANGEROUS to use with chameleons due to bacterial growth. In my opinion, and the opinion of many other chameleon keepers, they are not worth the time it takes to properly maintain them. I have used one before and they do add to the scenery in a well designed and landscaped enclosure, BUT once again they require frequent and extensive cleaning to remove harmful bacteria. I do no of a cham owner with much experience that loves them, but she will tell you she breaks hers down three to four times a week for detail cleaning. If you can do this then go ahead.

See the ENCLOSURES SECTION for pictures and brief descriptions of many of the above mentioned items.

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MANUAL PUMP SPRAYER

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Some form of manual sprayer is a MUST HAVE . This one is a great indoor sprayer. It holds 2.5 pints of water and has a pump to pressurize it, which saves a lot of trigger squeezing. It works like a larger garden sprayer.  pump sprayer - Link opens in a new pop-up window

 

 

 

Solo 1-Liter Piston Pump Hand Sprayer #418Link will open in a new window.

 


"DELTA" PRESSURE SPRAYER *1-1/2 qt. *Sprays continuously after pumping *Mist, spray or stream *Single hand operation. 

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 BATTERY POWERED SPRAYERS

Product Description
Battery operated sprayer eliminates all pumping and is fast and easy. No more battery powered sprayer - Link opens in a new pop-up windowhand and wrist fatigue. No drip nozzle. Wide mouth design. 48 oz. bottle.Cepia LLC 17003-B Power SprayerLink will open in a new window.

 

 

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The Hudson battery powered Never Pump Trigger Sprayer offers the luxury of spraying without pumping. Just pull the trigger and spray.
Operates on two AA batteries. The 32 oz. polyethylene tank is translucent for viewing of liquid level. Tank is designed with low center of gravity to reduce tipping. Nozzle adjusts from mist to stream. Sprays up to 60 minutes and/or 1.4 gallons per battery set.
Sprays up to 3.2 oz. per minute. In a horizontal stream spray can reach up to 6 feet. Measures 11.25" H x 4.75" W x 4.5" D. Costs under $10.00. Also available in backpac, fannypack and standard 2gallon sizes for a little more money.

 

 


REPTILE DRIP-WATERER 

These come in two sizes, one gallon and one pint. They are great for drip watering but should NOT be the only method of hydration used.water drippers - Link opens in a new pop-up window

 Zoo Med The Big DripperLink will open in a new window.

 Zoo Med The Little DripperLink will open in a new window.


MISTING SYSTEM

misting in cage - Link opens in a new pop-up windowThis is a great time saver. you can design and build your own misting system using 1/4 inch tubing and sprayer heads from a hardware store. they make lots of differentmisting in cage - Link opens in a new pop-up window types of heads from drippers to misters, and they are inexpensive. The pump is the costly part of this and can run $20 to $100 depending on selection. You should still carefully monitor their drinking habits and mist them manually as well. HYDRATION is the most important aspect of chameleon husbandry and should be given the time and resources required to do it properly.mister heads - Link opens in a new pop-up windowhoses - Link opens in a new pop-up window

 

 

 


 

This misting system is virtually silent. Pump can run dry with no damage !!! Our nozzles are equipped with a check-valve which greatly reduces the drip after misting is done. This was already a great improvement that set us apart from other vendors.

 


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HUMIDIFIER

You can purchase an ultrasonic humidifier at most drug stores or big chain retailers (WALMART TARGET) for around $20.00. They are worth the money for most species. They help control relative humidity and  temperature. This one has been modified with PVC pipes and vinyl tubing to direct the output to three cages. These are not required, but come in very handy. Be sure to keep them clean if you use one.

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Duracraft DWM250 2-1/2-Gallon Warm Mist HumidifierLink will open in a new window.

MISTING SYSTEMS AND PARTS LINKS

http://www.diy.digcorp.com/drip_irrigation/Link will open in a new window. mister nozzles and parts The parts are great, the site does not offer them for sale, only shows pics and descriptions.

http://www.kesscience.com/nozzles/nozzles.htmlLink will open in a new window.  nozzles

http://mistymate.stores.yahoo.net/Link will open in a new window.  mister system

www.pro-products.comLink will open in a new window. mister system

http://www.cloudtops.com/misting_system_index.htmLink will open in a new window.  Rainmaker misting system by Ecologic tech.

 

BATTERY OPERATED SPRAYER LINKS

http://www.bugpage.com/xcart/Powered-Sprayers-motorized-and-battery-powered-p-1-c-293.htmlLink will open in a new window.

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http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_6970_200322475_200322475Link will open in a new window.

http://www.nextag.com/battery-garden-sprayer/search-htmlLink will open in a new window.

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Some Product Links

 Zoo Med ReptiSun Compact Fluorescent UVB LampLink will open in a new window.

 Zoo Med ReptiSun Compact Fluorescent UVB LampLink will open in a new window.

 Reptisun 10.0 High Output UVB Lamp - 48 in.Link will open in a new window.

 Reptisun 10.0 High Output UVB Lamp - 24 in.Link will open in a new window.

 Fluker's Digital Thermometer / HygrometerLink will open in a new window.

 Zoo Med Reptile Lamp StandLink will open in a new window.

 Zoo Med Economy Clamp Lamp for ReptilesLink will open in a new window.

 Zoo Med Reptisun 5.0 Ultraviolet Flourescent Bulb 36inLink will open in a new window.

 PET LIGHT BULB MERCURY VAPOR 100 WATT R30 FLOOD SOLAR BRITE REPTILE LAMPLink will open in a new window.

 Maverick Remote-Check ET-7 Wireless Thermometer with 2 ProbesLink will open in a new window.

 KINTREX Clear Temp IRT0421 Non-Contact Infrared Thermometer with LaserLink will open in a new window.

 Super Accurate Adjustable Round Digital HygrometerLink will open in a new window.

 Timex TX5170 Indoor/Outdoor Thermometer with Indoor Hygrometer and ClockLink will open in a new window.

 T-REX ACTIVE UV HEAT LAMP 100WT FLOODLink will open in a new window.

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