Words From the Editor

By Bill Strand


Strand, B. (2003). Words from the editor. Chameleons! Online E-Zine, October 2003. (http://www.chameleonnews.com/03OctStrandWFTE.html)

Welcome to the October 2003 issue! We have a loose focus in this issue towards hatchling chameleons. One of the biggest challenges facing the beeder is gearing up and being prepared for when their clutch(es) of eggs hatch. This time can be stressful if you are not prepared as you suddenly need to care for 20 to 40 new babies! They eat a lot and what they eat is small! How in the world can you meet this requirement without a great deal of stress and money? The answer is to start when your eggs are laid! John Lucas answers the question of how in an article that every breeder would do well to consider in "Feeding Baby Chameleons". Keeping in line with that topic John continues on with "Caging Baby Chameleons". A chameleon setup is expensive. John discusses how starting when the eggs are laid and slowly building as incubation progressess can save money without compromising on quality.

Dr. Morgan Dawkins introduces the readers to the beginning relationship between veterinarian and client. Proper medical care for your chameleon is important. Finding a qualified exotic animal veterinarian should be done before the animal gets sick!

Don Wells comes back with how to raise mealworms in a simple way. In one issue the chameleon breeder is provided with information on how to feed their babies four different food insects! Hopefully, we have happier babies ahead!

Dr. Sue Donoghue returns with part 2 of her discussions on the gravid female. Healthy babies start with a healthy female!

It has been woderful hearing from the readership. It is good to hear that the spreading of information in this manner is having a positive affect on the chameleon community. As always, if there is a topic which you feel you would like to see written about please drop me an email and we'll see what we can do!

Just a reminder that, due to the new quarterly format, the next isue will come out January 2004.


Bill Strand


Bill Strand

Bill Strand currently works in the area of exotic animal breeding and continues to refine husbandry techniques with a broad range of chameleon species. A special interest of his is the creation of captive environments. He was the Assistant Editor and Webmaster of this Chameleons! E-Zine from March 2002-March 2004.


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