CBP: Chameleon Egg Laying Sites with Cark Cattau

Jul 3, 2017
On the Web
by Editor in Chief

On the Web - Carl Cattau joins Bill Strand on this episode of Chameleon Breeder Podcast for an interview type discussion about chameleon egg laying sites. When it comes to a female chameleon successfully laying eggs, your job as a keeper is to provide a sufficient site that meets with your chameleon’s approval. Unfortunately, a chameleon’s only way of communicating to us is either to lay eggs…or not. Carl is on the forefront of getting rare species to lay eggs and hatch. Getting a species to hatch that has books written about it and Facebook pages dedicated to it is certainly an achievement, but when a species is first imported, we have to figure out how the females think, and what combination of temperature, moisture, and diapause to incubate the eggs at. We rely on pioneers like Carl who spend their time at the edges of what we as a community know. And that is one reason why this is a discussion rather than a tutorial. We are talking about a subject where the body of knowledge is scarce and the answers are slowly being coaxed out. This is the exciting stage. This is where the common knowledge of tomorrow is created. It is happening in real time. Listen in as Carl and Bill discuss laying sites and what it takes to create a space where the female will give us those precious eggs.

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