Monday, April 26, 2010

My Town Monday: News from the Veiled Chameleon Cage

NEWS FLASH! Our veiled chameleon has laid another clutch of eggs!


!t's been about two months since the last batch, so it's her quickest turnaround time. From everything I've read, she's shortening her life span by being so prolific. But I don't know how to convince her to stop and take up another hobby. You see, she'll produce eggs with or without the male. And she has to lay them, or become eggbound and die.

Anyway, here is our brave little mother in the five-gallon flower pot "birthing chamber". She has been digging for 3 1/2 hours. You can see she still has quite a bit of work ahead of her.



The male chameleon is inches away from the flower pot and seems oblivious to all the digging activity. He's basking under a warm sun lamp and shedding.



Seven and a half hours later, the little mother emerges, smoothes over the sand and climbs up the artificial silk plant. I sprayed her down and brushed off the dirt. She drank from a leaf and gobbled down a few crickets then, then vegged. Can't blame her!


She laid the LARGEST egg she has ever laid!! It was ONE INCH LONG. Sorry for the blurry pic. I probably shook in my excitement. Or stood too close. :) Keep in mind that she's only about six inches, minus the tail. Anyway, she laid THIRTY-THREE EGGS. (Less than the 51 of the last clutch, but more of these eggs are big.)

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17 comments:

JaneyV said...

She's certainly prolific. But she's so beautiful so I can understand the impetus to continue the genes.

Beth said...

If I were a chameleon, I’d want you taking care of me. ;)
Best of luck to all!

Sarah Laurence said...

And we humans complain about our periods? Wow!

Teresa said...

Congratulations, Mrs. Chameleon. I hope these ones hatch successfully.

JCelestial said...

Cute! I can't wait to see baby chameleons!

Irene Latham said...

Seriously this chameleon needs to understand life is NOT just about the kids. I'm thinking she needs a nice trip to the spa for Mother's Day.... will share post with my kiddos!

Alyssa Goodnight said...

Egad! Truly, that's all I can say.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Whooooa. That's some egg!
I'm wore out just thinking about that many babies...

Amy said...

wow thats a big egg! I wonder why this batch contains larger eggs? Congrats Mama Chameleon!

Barrie said...

Amy, I don't know. I tried googling, but all I found it that the number of eggs in a clutch can vary A LOT! I wonder if these eggs will be super healthy.

Barrie said...

Janie: I think she's beautiful too!!

Barrie said...

Beth: I would happily dust live crickets with calcium powder for you! :)

Barrie said...

Sarah: I would've made a terrible veiled chameleon. I'm far too wimpy!

Barrie said...

Teresa: From your lips to the veiled chameleon gods of healthy births!

Barrie said...

J Celestial: I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the eggs make it that long! It would be so fantastic.

Barrie said...

Irene: I know. I Know. I keep telling her!

Amy said...

hope the babies come out healthy :) I shall dub the big egg with the name Big Bubba for now.