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Old 08-09-2009, 12:40 PM
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I'm gonna be building a panther chameleon enclosure soon and the few plants I've read that are fine to be in there are Ficus, Schefflera, Hibiscus and Pothos. Now, when I look for these on the net to buy there are a couple of different kinds (some dwarf, some with figs.....) and the pictures look completely different to each other. Can anyone shed any light on the full names or what it is I should be looking for - or a website that sells the correct ones?

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Have a look at this list:
Chameleon's Owners Manual - Non-Toxic Plant List
I bought my plants from homebase and local garden centres and my viv looked like this:


Hope this helps!
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Nice one. Now that list says that one of the four I listed is toxic....

Nice looking viv. I've still gotta build mine yet
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Have a look at this list:
Chameleon's Owners Manual - Non-Toxic Plant List
I bought my plants from homebase and local garden centres and my viv looked like this:
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Hope this helps!
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Sorry to be a pain but is that a Terry Thatcher viv? If yes how big is it?
Can you also pm me a list of what plants are in your viv?

Sorry for all the questions but i'm getting mine soon.
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So after going through the list and searching on the net (some of them I couldn't find) my next question is - what are the tall plants at the back?

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I'm gonna be building a panther chameleon enclosure soon and the few plants I've read that are fine to be in there are Ficus, Schefflera,Hibiscus and Pothos

all the plants you listed are fine mate



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all the plants you listed are fine mate



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The problem was I was finding a few variations of each which all looked completely different to each other. What tall tree like ones can you suggest and are bamboo sticks fine to go in as well?
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The problem was I was finding a few variations of each which all looked completely different to each other. What tall tree like ones can you suggest and are bamboo sticks fine to go in as well?

hi mate
my favs are pothos,umbrella and ficus plants,b&q do 3ft+ plants.
i dont use bamboo as it looks too slippery,just go to your local woods and pick a few broken branches up and give them a good clean


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Nice one, cheers. Still gotta build the viv yet.

I got more questions as I'm going along. What do you plant the plants in as far as soil goes? Is any soil OK as long as it's been treated??

What heat source is the best? I use a dimming stat with an infra red heat bulb on all my other vivs and was planning to do the same with this one.....
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Nice one, cheers. Still gotta build the viv yet.

I got more questions as I'm going along. What do you plant the plants in as far as soil goes? Is any soil OK as long as it's been treated??

What heat source is the best? I use a dimming stat with an infra red heat bulb on all my other vivs and was planning to do the same with this one.....

Hi, I initially used a spot lamp, but found the bulbs kept blowing due to the misting/humidity in the viv. Switched to a ceramic system with thermostat, which was excellent.
With regard to the plants, I took mine out of their pots and rinsed all the roots to get rid of the soil they came in, then repotted into organic soil from the garden centre. I then bought large japanese green pebbles from Homebase and filled the top couple of inches of each pot to make sure my cham didn't get any access to soil and possible impaction problems. I think it's important to plant into organic soil because then any plant matter your cham eats is not going to be toxic, and also any locusts in the viv eating the plants will not be loaded with toxins.
The viv I had was imported from the USA, as I found it difficult to get a large arboreal viv in the UK - take a look at the following link:

24 x 24 x 48 inch Aluminum Screen Cage

It was delivered within a few days and marked as a gift so I didn't pay any import duties. Shipping was about $65 making the total price $145, roughly £100 all in, which I felt was worth it.
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