So a few months back, I decided that I wanted to own a chameleon. I've always thought that a chameleon would make a cool pet, but it's only now that I have the money and time to devote to owning such an animal.
Anyway, I spent those few months doing extensive research into chameleon ownership, and while I'm certainly no expert, sites like Chameleon Forums (creative name, right?) have certainly helped me get a pretty good expectation on what I'm getting myself into. At first, I was looking into Veiled Chameleons, a pretty common species that is popular among first time reptile owners.
I owned four bearded dragons for quite a few years, and while they are certainly very different reptiles, I'm at least used to the upkeep required. I decided to go for a different species. A species that isn't as popular, but is pretty freaking cool.
The Malagasy Giant Chameleon, more formally referred to as an Oustalet's Chameleon (or even more formally, Furcifer oustaleti).
This species is native to Madagascar, and is widely regarded as the longest (not largest, that belongs to the Parson's Chameleon) species of all old-world chameleon species. In general, these suckers grow up to around 27 inches, which is pretty freaking sweet if you ask me. It's fairly uncommon that cage-bred Oustalet's are offered, so I'm pretty excited that I was able to get my hands on one from a reputable breeder.
On top of that, they are also known by many as gentle giants. In all the research I've done, I very rarely come upon somebody talking about a hostile Oustalet's, which means with the proper care, it could possibly enjoy, or at the very least tolerate, being handled.
Anyway, I'm just venting some of my excitement at this point, so I'll stop. But if there are any chameleon owners on #whitenoise, feel free to share any advice you might have! Also, for clarification, I ordered a male, simply because as a first time owner, I didn't feel comfortable dealing with the risks and stress of the egg-laying process.