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May 4, 2006

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Cobalt, the Pet of the Day
Name: Cobalt
Age: Eighteen months old
Gender: Male
Kind: Panther Chameleon
Home: Gull Lake, Michigan, USA
   Meet Cobalt- An Ambanja/Nosy be cross Panther chameleon. "Ambanja" and "Nosy be" are some of the names of different color variations of chameleons, formally known as 'locales'. Cobalt is an insectivore, Primarily feeding on Crickets, Silkworms, Roaches, Waxworms, Butterworms, and Superworms.

    Panther Chameleons, and chameleons in general, are a more difficult species of reptile to care for and maintain - definitely not for the beginner! They require a large screened-in enclosure, UVB lights to imitate natural sunlight, heat lamps, automated misting machine or humidifier, and the list continues and continues on.

    Cobalt is a very funny creature, his ancestors originating from Madagascar. He has eye turrets that allow him to turn his eyes two separate directions at the same time, a prehensile tail, ability to change color (although they cannot match the color of their surroundings - That's a myth.) 'V' shaped feet for gripping onto branches, and a tongue twice the length of his body to snap insects up with.

    In the summertime I take him outside to his outdoor enclosure, where he basks in the sunlight, and absolutely loves it! He is a very friendly chameleon, but like all chameleons, too much handling can stress him out. I have had him since he was a juvenile, and now he is a mature adult.

    Cobalt is a great addition to our family, and we love him so much. Even though he requires alot to keep him happy, it's all worth it!

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