Saturday, February 5, 2011

News from the Veiled Chameleon Cage

On Thursday, our femaled veiled laid another THIRTY-SIX eggs! These eggs are mostly likely fertilized. Certainly Fat Letta and Mr. Conehead had enough quality time together to ensure this. Ahem.

The incubators are on my kitchen counter. One incubator has some eggs laid at the beginning of December. I don't believe those eggs are fertilized because I was out of town when the male and female would've needed some together time. And no one in the Summy household thought of this. :)


Here are two of the three deli dishes, each with 12 eggs. The containers of water are to keep everything humid. The temp is set just below 80. The eggs will be in the incubator for 7-9 months.


Here's our postpartum female. Her poor skin is slack and sagging. Ahhh..but others of us can relate to that!


Our postpartum female noshes on a vitamin-dusted cricket.

Take a look at this cageful of babies. Veiled chameleons are actually anti-social, but I had just dumped in a bunch of crickets so they're all hunting.

And in BIG news--I found a buyer for all 32 babies!!! At $17/per baby. I'm making the delivery on Monday. Whoohoo!

15 comments:

Teresa said...

Congratulations to Fat Letta and her consort!! And a big congratulations on finding a buyer for 32 chameleon babies. Will several of the Summy children be riding shotgun to guard you as you bring home the bacon?? Quite a haul, there!!

That Janie Girl said...

Now, Barrie, that is awesome! I've never seen baby chameleons, they're beautiful! Thanks for sharing, girlie...

Barrie said...

Teresa: Ha! Well, I'll have at least one child with for the drop off! (In reality, if you added up what we've spent on lights, crickets, etc....this was not a money-making adventure. But a labor of love :) )

Barrie said...

Teresa: Ha! Well, I'll have at least one child with for the drop off! (In reality, if you added up what we've spent on lights, crickets, etc....this was not a money-making adventure. But a labor of love :) )

Barrie said...

Janie: I couldn't agree more; they are beautiful!

Charles Gramlich said...

Ah the invention of the Amniotic egg. A great moment in evolution.

Barrie said...

Charles: You crack me up! Get it? An egg joke! ;)

David Cranmer said...

I love following these adventures. Thirty-six!! Carumba!

Sarakastic said...

Fat Letta looks scary when she eats.

Mac and Cheese said...

If I am ever reincarnated, I pray that I do not come back as a female veiled chameleon.

Barrie said...

Mac and Cheese, if you are reincarnated as a female veiled chameleon, I'll take good care of you. ;)

Sarakastic: And that's without the crunching sound effects! I've heard it's wild when chameleons eat those big hissing cockroaches--messy and noisy.

David: I hear you! 36!!!!

Jenn Jilks said...

Fascinating, Barrie. They are intriguing characters. What a patient surrogate mom you are!

Barrie said...

Jenn, thank you. Although I'll be honest. When Mr. Summy asked me if I was considering keeping any of the babies, I didn't hesitate. No. This little hobby/experiment has turned into a ton of work. ;)

Chantal said...

That is so awesome. I will have to show this post to my 9yo son. He will think it is so cool!

Barbara Martin said...

Wonderful news that you now have a going concern in the lizard business. This is fascinating stuff, Barrie.

I could do with a little 80F temparture about now, as it's -22C with the windchil.