E-Zine Authors:

Christopher V. Anderson, PhD (E-Zine Editor & Webmaster)

Chris Anderson has a Ph.D. in Biology (Physiology & Morphology) from the University of South Florida’s Department of Integrative Biology, where he studied the effects of temperature on ballistic tongue projection and tongue retraction in chameleons for his dissertation. Currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at Brown University, Chris is also a member of the IUCN/SSC Chameleon Specialist Group. His chameleon research has been published in top scientific journals and books, and the results have been featured in popular press and news outlets all over the world. He has traveled extensively to chameleon habitats around the world, including conducting work with chameleons in Madagascar, South Africa and Cameroon, as well as introduced populations in Florida. Further, Chris has been keeping chameleons since 1997, and since then has worked with over 70 different species and subspecies in captivity. Currently, Chris is the Editor and Webmaster of the Chameleons! Online E-Zine. Chris’ personal website can be found at www.chamaeleonidae.com and he can be emailed at either Chris.Anderson@chameleonnews.com or Furcifer.minor@gmail.com.

Articles by this author:

  1. -Calumma brevicornis - Variations

  2. -Captive Chameleon Populations

  3. -Chamaeleo (Trioceros) montium

  4. -Chameleons and Habitat Destruction

  5. -Color Changing Mechanism in Chameleons

  6. -DIY Versatile Cage Designs

  7. -Furcifer minor - Field Study

  8. -Furcifer minor in Captivity

  9. -IDing Ch. (T.) wiedersheimi Subspecies

  10. -Scientific Input on Captive Management Issues: An Interview with Dr. Gary Ferguson

  11. -Introduction to Chameleon Husbandry

  12. -Keeping Bradypodion

  13. -Keeping Chameleons in Glass Terrariums

  14. -New Online Resource Developments!

  15. -Q&A 2004 - August

  16. -Q&A 2004 - November

  17. -Q&A 2005 - February

  18. -Q&A 2005 - June

  19. -Q&A 2005 - October

  20. -Rhampholeon Taxonomy

  21. -Review: Mountain Dragons

  22. -Review: The Panther Chameleon

  23. -The Trade Status of Rhampholeon spinosus

  24. -Vibratory Calls in True Chameleons

  25. -Words From the Editor - May 2003

  26. -Words From the Editor - May 2004

  27. -Words From the Editor - August 2004

  28. -Words From the Editor - November 2004

  29. -Words From the Editor - February 2005

  30. -Words From the Editor - June 2005

  31. -Words From the Editor - October 2005

  32. -Words From the Editor - December 2005

  33. -Words From the Editor - May 2006

  34. -Words From the Editor - September 2006

  35. -Words From the Editor - February 2007

  36. -Words From the Editor - February 2008

  37. -Words From the Editor - July 2010

  38. -Words From the Editor - June 2014

Allison Banks

Allison Banks is currently a wilderness management planner for Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve in SE Alaska. She has a degree in wildlife Biology and Management from Oregon State Univeristy and has worked for the US Fish and Wildlife Service for about 15 years in National Wildlife Refuge System management and endangered species recovery programs. She started her chameleon addition in 1994.

Articles by this author:

  1. -Free Range Set-Up

  2. -Hints and Tips

  3. -Kids and Chameleons

  4. -Madagascar, A New World

Kenneth Barnett

Kenneth Barnett is a 44-year-old Pesticide Control Specialist with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. An all around naturalist, Kenneth has always been fascinated with animal behavior. Ken’s chameleon observations in the early 1990’s eventually led to the first recordings of chameleon vibratory sounds. Kenneth continues his chameleon studies while conducting wildlife lectures throughout the state. A licensed New York State wildlife rehabilitator and raptor handler, Ken’s diverse background includes stints as an electron microscopist for the Yale University School of Medicine, a horticulturist in a plant pathology laboratory, and salamander field biologist. More recently Kenneth and his wife have been leading tour groups into Corcovado National Park in Costa Rica. Ken can be emailed at kbgecko@aol.com or natureXchange@aol.com.

Articles by this author:

  1. -Vibratory Calls in True Chameleons

Andy Beveridge

Articles by this author:

  1. -Lighting for Chameleons - Part #1

Suzanne Boom & Jim Nieberding

Suzanne and Jim have been keeping chameleons for as long as they’ve been keeping each other (5 years). Though they started of with more ‘common’ species, such as veiled and Jackson’s, it was the melleri that truly stole their hearts. They also share a strong passion for the true masters of the chromatophores - the cephalopods (octopus, cuttlefish, squid) - and it was on a research expedition to study the visual ‘language’ of reef squid that Suzanne and Jim first met each other, on a tropical island that neither of them called home.

Articles by this author:

  1. -Ch. (T.) melleri: A Free Range

Chris Caetta

My lust for the Quick-Tongue started in 1990 and ruled my every thought and deed. I worked on a receiving dock so every crate or sheet of wood that came in was a potential cage. I spent my lunch hour running through the fields wearing my signature Hawaiian shirt and waving my butterfly net. Yes that paints an ugly picture but NO bug was to escape my quest for new food! After I felt I had a good grip on my husbandry I started Lizard King's True Chameleons ( partial tribute to the original Lizard King, Jim Morrison.) The one principle I tried to maintain above all others is that chameleons and people must always come first. I attempted to treat every one I met as a good friend and even though I have since retired from chameleons ( Due to an unforgiving work schedule and family commitments ) the greatest treasures I have gained from this experience were the close and true friends I have made like Bill Strand and Stephen and Aleshia O'Neal who have carried on my Torch and tradition. God Bless, Lizard King

Articles by this author:

  1. -“Up North” Caging

Jared Cain (E-Zine Assistant Editor)

Jared Cain has been interested in all animals since a young kid, especially reptiles and amphibians. Currently he only keeps chameleons and has been doing so for around 7 years. His main focus is on species in the Kinyongia genus, while keeping a few species from the Trioceros genus. He is also enthusiastic about importing captive bred species to provide to the chameleon community and helping spread correct husbandry practices. Currently Jared is an Assistant Editor for the Chameleons! Online E-Zine and can be emailed at jaredcain3041982@yahoo.com.

Articles by this author:

  1. -Q&A 2010 - July

Angus I. Carpenter, BSc.(Hons), MSc.

Angus has been working on 'The chameleon project' (http://www.uea.ac.uk/~chameleo/) for the last 3 years in Madagascar. Prior to this he was working on a Round Island gecko (Phelsuma guentheri) project on Round Island and Mauritius and for Cambridge University's department of Geography on their 'Floodplain restoration project'. He enjoys many sports including scuba diving. He is not looking forward to spending his first winter back in the UK having spent the last 5 years in tropical climes!!!

You can contact Angus at:

Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Conservation

School of Environmental Sciences

University of East Anglia




Tel.: +44 (0)1603 593990

Fax.: +44 (0)1603 507719

Articles by this author:

  1. -CITES: Good Conservation or Failing All?

B. J. Caruthers (lele)

Known as lele to fellow herpers, B. J. Caruthers lives in NH with her veiled chameleon, Luna, 2 cats, 2 tarantulas, and many 6 -legged and 4-winged critters. She has degrees in Horticulture and Nature Literacy & Expression and enjoys writing, drawing and photographing her wild silk moths and other jewels found nature.

Articles by this author:

  1. -Hornworms!

  2. -Silkworms!

Carl Cattau Jr.

Carl Cattau Jr. has been keeping chameleons since late 1996.  Since this time, he has work with approximately 40 different species including some species like the now rare Furcifer minor.  His chameleon addiction has taken him to Madagascar and is now planning for a trip to the Udzungwa Mountains in Tanzania in 2015. Trioceros species, especially Trioceros werneri and Trioceros sternfeldi, are his main interest. When he isn’t doing chameleon stuff Carl’s other interests are insects, hunting, fishing and camping.

Articles by this author:

  1. -Madagascar Chameleon Photo Essay

  2. -Malagasy Travels

  3. -Review: The Chameleons of Madagascar DVD

  4. -Small Alternative Feeders

Mike Coraggio

Mike's infatuation with chameleons began in 1995 with his first chameleon handbook and amplified only with reading. His interests in chameleons only continue to grow. Some of his chameleon research includes field studies on Hawaiian Jackson chameleon populations in Maui and publication involving caesarian sections performed on eggbound Furcifer pardalis. He has experience with the husbandry and reproduction of 23 chameleon species. Current breeding interests are concentrated on the rainforest chameleon species of Cameroon and Tanzania. In his spare time, Mike enjoy countless hours of college work-just kidding! He is a student at Rutgers University finishing up his BS in Landscape Architecture. His love for chameleons is only matched by my love for the outdoors, traveling, and working with poison dart frogs. You can reach Mike at macswatergardens@hotmail.com.

Articles by this author:

  1. -Chamaeleo (Trioceros) montium

  2. -Chamaeleo (Trioceros) wiedersheimi - The Monet of the Chameleons

F. Morgan Dawkins, DVM

F. Morgan Dawkins DVM lives in SouthEast Pennsylvania with his wife, Jennifer(also a veterinarian), 4 children, panther chameleons, a leopard tortoise, 2 dogs, 2 cats, and a pen full of chickens. He is a 1996 graduate of the University of Tennessee CVM. He worked several years doing large and small animal practice, but for the last 5 years has done only small animal and exotic pets. He is currently a partner at Windcrest Animal Hospital in Wilmington, Deleware. He may be reached at the following address and phone number:

Windcrest Animal Hospital

3705 Lancaster Pike

Wilmington, DE 19805 USA

Ph: (302) 998-2995

Fax: (302) 998-5785

Articles by this author:

  1. -The Veterinary Exam

Steven Deckers

Steven Deckers is a chameleon keeper from The Netherlands. He has been keeping chameleons since the late 1990s. He has kept about 30 species over the years, having bred approximately 20 of them. In particular he likes the South African chameleon species. In addition to chameleons, Steven also keeps South African Cordylus species.

Articles by this author:

  1. -Chamaeleo dilepis complex

  2. -Observations from a Keeper

  3. -Keeping Bradypodion

Trevor Dell

Trevor Dell grew up in South Africa, and now resides in Denver, Co. USA. He enjoys wildlife of all kinds, but lists chameleons as his favorite.

Articles by this author:

  1. -African Caging Techniques

Jason Descamps

Jason Descamps has been keeping and breeding reptiles and amphibians for over 12 years. To date he has worked with over 135 species of reptiles including breeding 18 species of chameleons. His current focus is creating a stable captive chameleon gene pool through the CCBTD and working with rarely bred chameleon species such as C. (Tr.) weidersheimi, C. (Tr.) werneri, and C. (Tr.) fuelleborni. Jason served as an assistant editor for the Chameleons! Online E-Zine from December 2005 through February 2008.

Articles by this author:

  1. -Alternative Feeders

  2. -An Interview with Jim Flaherty

  3. -Breeder Ethics

  4. -Captive Chameleon Bloodline Tracking Database

  5. -Chameleon Acclimation

  6. -Choosing a Dealer

  7. -Gutloading Basics

  8. -Q&A 2005 - December

  9. -Q&A 2006 - May

  10. -Q&A 2006 - September

  11. -Q&A 2007 - February

  12. -Q&A 2008 - February

  13. -Watering and Drainage Strategies

Sue Donoghue, DVM, DACVN

Susan Donoghue, VMD, DACVN specializes in the research of herpetological nutrition. She is the founder of Walkabout Farm. She can be reached at

Walkabout Farm

PO Box 625

Pembroke, VA 24136

Articles by this author:

  1. -A Bugs Nutrition

  2. -Calcium Supplements

  3. -Feeding For Breeding

  4. -Introduction to Calcium

  5. -Kelp Help

  6. -The Fire of Life

  7. -The Gravid Female

  8. -Those Ingredients on the Label

  9. -Water

Euan John Edwards

Euan John Edwards has travelled to over fifty countries to see animals in the wild. He has a keen interest in all forms of wildlife and natural history and presently makes his home in Madagascar.

Articles by this author:

  1. -A Guides Travails in Madagascar

Gary W. Ferguson, PhD

Dr. Ferguson is a professor of Biology at Texas Christian University. He is well known for his work on the ecology, behavior, evolution and nutrition of lizards. With chameleons, he is particularly known for his description of Chamaeleo (Trioceros) jacksonii xantholophus in 1988 with Eason and Hebrard and for his nutritional and behavioral studies of Malagasy reptiles, concentrating on the Panther chameleon, Furcifer pardalis. His demographic, nutritional and behavioral research on F. pardalis is of particular importance to chameleon breeders and keepers.

Articles by this author:

  1. -Scientific Input on Captive Management Issues: An Interview with Dr. Gary Ferguson

Jim Flaherty

Jim Flaherty has been breeding reptiles for over 40 years, but only as his sole means of income since 2001. He is the primary owner and Managing Member of The Chameleon Company LLC , located in central Florida, working primarily with F. pardalis. Father of 4, and Grandfather of almost 3 (3rd Grandson due in Oct '06), he enjoys not being hit by hurricanes when he can. He can be reached at chamco@tampabay.rr.com.

Articles by this author:

  1. -An Interview with Jim Flaherty

Kristina Francis

Kristina began her journey with chameleons in 1999. She remains a perpetual student of this fascinating lizard family. When not busy caring for her chameleons, she is a professional animal artist. She is the editor of the Melleri Discovery web site, and a moderator of the mellerichams Yahoo! group. She breeds a clutch only once every few years, and shares her data on each species she works with. She volunteers each day to answer questions of fellow hobbyists, via phone and email. It all repays a small measure of the joy of chameleon keeping.

Articles by this author:

  1. -Choosing a Dealer

  2. -The Senegal Chameleon

  3. -Breeder Ethics

Franco Gagliardi

Franco Gagliardi has worked extensively with chameleons for the past 8 years. During that time, he has had the pleasure of hatching countless baby chameleons. When he is not tending to his breeding group, he can be found walking purposefully through any large body of grass catching bugs to feed to his hatchlings. If you happen to see him, please feel free to say hello. At the end of the day, once all of the chameleons have gone to sleep, he spends his time apprehending loose crickets with the help of his trusty canine sidekick, Bella. Franco has a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from UC Davis and was an Assistant Editor of the Chameleons! E-Zine from May 2004-February 2007. He can be e-mailed at calumma.parsonii@gmail.com.

Articles by this author:

  1. -Calumma parsonii parsonii - Growth

  2. -Experience in Raising Baby Chameleons

Gasper Gomboc

Gasper Gomboc is a Slovenian chameleon enthusiast working with numerous chameleon species. He is interested in all forms of reptiles and is always trying to improve husbandry and incubation techniques. august.gomboc@triera.net.

Articles by this author:

  1. -Breeding of Chamaeleo africanus in Captivity

Tom Greek, MS, DVM

Dr. Tom Greek M.S, D.V.M. works with chameleons and other exotic animals at GReek & Associates Veterinary Hospital in Yorba Linda, CA. He is very active in the Southern California area herp societies and frequently gives talks aimed at education and improving captive conditions for reptiles. He may be reached at:

Greek & Associates Veterinary Hospital
23687 Via Del Rio
Yorba Linda, CA 92887

Ph: (714) 463-1190 0r (866) 940-7028

Articles by this author:

  1. -Necropsy Examination

Thomas Hildenhagen

Thomas Hildenhagen is a 41 year old chameleon breeder from Germany. He has been keeping and breeding various reptile and amphibian speices for over 25 years and chameleons for more then 15 years. His current focus is on the stump-tailed chameleons and other true chameleons from Tanzania. He is a member of the Chameleon Working Group board (AG Chamäleons) within the DGHT (German Society for Herpetology and Herpetoculture, presented by the newsletter CHAMAELEO) and the community of interests of chameleons (IG-Chamaeleons). He can be emailed at thomas.hildenhagen@chamaeleons.org.

Articles by this author:

  1. -East African Stump-tailed Chameleons

Lynda Horgan

Lynda Horgan lives in Ontario, Canada and has been keeping chameleons for about 15 years now. She has bred them since 1994 with Chamaeleo chamaeleon being the first kind that she hatched. She keeps a number of other lizards and turtles too but, in spite of them being one of the most difficult species to keep, the chameleons are her favorites.

Articles by this author:

  1. -A Hatchlings First Weeks

Susan James

Susan James is a co-founder of the ADCHAM web site.

Articles by this author:

  1. -Bradypodion xenorhinum

Dave Johnston

Dave Johnston is a pet store owner and breeder of Jackson's chameleons.

Articles by this author:

  1. -The Cost of Keeping Chameleons

Doug Johnston

Doug Johnston, AKA “scubadug” began keeping reptiles because of his wife! A former SCUBA instructor (hence the “scubadug” moniker because 8 characters were as long as the ISP wold allow), Doug’s wife Karen wanted a lizard for Christmas. He didn’t follow through until the next summer, when she caught an alligator lizard in the front yard. The cat liberated that one and the anole came in to take it’s place but with a much better set-up. Doug proceeded to read up on the creature and found out that they were easy to breed! From there it was a glorious ride into Phelsuma and then Karen fell in love with the calyptratus. Now, with many species of chameleons and Phelsuma, anoles, Rhacodactylus, Pagona brevis, assorted insects, plus a wife and a cat, the Johnston menagerie is full!

Articles by this author:

  1. -Another Color: Phelsuma

Ken Kalisch

Ken Kalisch has worked with over 40 species of chameleons in the last decade. He was co-editor of the Chameleon information Network, as well as being published by Advanced Vivarium Systems dealing with his experience breeding Calumma parsonii parsonii in captivity. He was the editor of this CHAMELEONS! EZine from March 2002-March 2004.

Articles by this author:

  1. -A Field Guide to the Reptiles of East Africa

  2. -A Simple Nesting Site

  3. -Another Color: Uroplatus

  4. -Chamaeleo (Trioceros) melleri

  5. -Chamaeleo (Trioceros) melleri - The Myth

  6. -Chamaeleo calyptratus - Veiled FAQ

  7. -Chamaeleo calyptratus The Yemen Chameleon

  8. -Madagascar Import Update

  9. -Q&A 2003 - May

  10. -Table Top Vivarium

  11. -The Oddities of the Chameleon - The Tongue

  12. -Words From the Editor - March 2002

  13. -Words From the Editor - May 2002

  14. -Words From the Editor - July 2002

  15. -Words From the Editor - September 2002

  16. -Words From the Editor - November 2002

  17. -Words From the Editor - January 2003

  18. -Words From the Editor - March 2003

  19. -Words From the Editor - July 2003

Ed Kammer

Ed Kammer is president of West Coast Reptile, Inc. a wholesale reptile company he started July 17, 1980. He and his wife Liddy are also chameleon breeders and owners of Kammerflage Kreations, their business built on passion . . . a mutual love for these magnificent creatures

Ed and Liddy may be reached at info@chameleonsonly.com or through their website www.chameleonsonly.com.

Articles by this author:

  1. -Joy of Chameleons - A Personal Renaissance

Asia Kauffman

Asia Kauffman has been working with chameleons for over ten years now. She started The Chameleon Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in 2011 where she works closely with a local exotic veterinarian.  In caring for sick and injured chameleons she maintains a special focus on the vital role nutrition plays in their rehabilitation and overall health. She currently lectures at the local reptile shows in the mid-west in hopes of encouraging present and future chameleon-keepers alike to properly care for and maintain these remarkable creatures.

Image credit: Hayley Kristinsson

Articles by this author:

  1. -The Healing Diet

Leah Kroo

Leah Kroo has been working with reptiles since 1996. She started with chameleons and has captive bred over 10 species, and kept many others. Currently, she is working with C. quadricornis. Leah also keeps a wide variety of geckos, primarily Rhacodactylus and Uroplatus species, and is breeding various insects from exotic praying mantids to beetles. You can contact her at sales@wildeyereptiles.com, or www.wildeyereptiles.com.

Articles by this author:

  1. -Bradypodion fischeri multituberculatum Nieden 1913 (Standard Fischers Chameleon)

  2. -Another Color: Praying Mantids

  3. -Chamaeleo (Trioceros) montium

Wolfgang Kruger

Articles by this author:

  1. -“Up North” Caging

Francois Le Berre

Francois Le Berre is the author of The New Chameleon Handbook and has written articles for Reptiles magazine. He is currently working on a revision of The New Chameleon Handbook.

Articles by this author:

  1. -Incubation Strategies

Jamie Long

Jamie Long, a 2007 graduate of Thiel College, is currently continuing her education at Case Western School of Dental Medicine. Always a wildlife hobbyist, Jamie became a full-fledged chameleon enthusiast after acquiring her first chameleon "Snickles" in early 1999. Since then, she has played an integral role in the development of her family's chameleon breeding business Total-e-Chamz. Although attending college required her to leave the chameleon ranch, it did afford Jamie the opportunity to pursue research into the life of these fascinating reptiles.

Articles by this author:

  1. -The Influence of Incubation Temperature

Matt & Mary Lovein

Matt and Mary Lovein are gallery owners in Holualoa, Hawaii. He is a ceramic artist and she is a painter. They observe Jackson's chameleons daily, as they live and work from their open air studios at their home. www.lovein.com

Articles by this author:

  1. -Living in their Habitat

  2. -The Story of a Beloved Jackson’s Chameleon

John Lucas

John W. Lucas has been working in the pet industry for 5 years. He has always been fascinated by chameleons and maintains a small breeding group focusing on F. pardalis locales. He is located in beautiful Southern California. His articles and website, Chameleon Paradise, reflects his focus on issues of cutting cost via DIY (Do It Yourself) projects. He enjoys sharing some of his ideas with others who share a passion for chameleons as he does. You can contact John via email at info@chameleonparadise.com.

Articles by this author:

  1. -Caging Baby Chameleons

  2. -Feeding Baby Chameleons

  3. -Misting Systems

Nicolà Lutzmann, PhD

Nicolà  Lutzmann keeps chameleons since he was 15 years old. His first species was Ch. chamaeleon from Israel. In the last 14 years he bred about 16 species, some into the fourth generation. In 1997 he starts to study biology in Heidelberg, Germany and he finished in 2002 with the diploma thesis “Investigations about the distribution, systematic and ecology of the chameleon-fauna of Egypt” in Bonn (Museum Koenig), Germany. He finished his PhD with the title "Investigations on the ecology of the chameleon fauna of the Masoala peninsular, NE Madagascar" and works now for a pesticide risk assessment company and as a voluntary freelancer at the Museum Koing in Bonn. namaquensis@gmx.de

Articles by this author:

  1. -Revisions of the Genus Bradypodion

  2. -The Grammatical Gender of the Genus Calumma

Kent Manchen (E-Zine Assistant Editor)

Kent Manchen worked at a reptile-heavy pet store at age sixteen where he was introduced to many species, including chameleons.  As a result, he has been keeping chameleons since 1991 and to date has worked with 28 species of Chamaeleoninae and 2 of Brookesiinae.  He is currently focusing on keeping a few, favorite species, including Trioceros jacksonii jacksonii, T.deremensis, T. pfefferi, and Furcifer pardalis. In addition to keeping chameleons, he recently successfully reproduced green tree pythons (Morelia viridis) for the first time.   He is currently working as an archaeologist while completing his Master's degree at San Diego State University. Currently, Kent is an Assistant Editor of the Chameleons! Online E-Zine and can be emailed at kentmanchen@hotmail.com.

Articles by this author:

  1. -Jackson’s Chameleons (Trioceros jacksonii) in Captivity

Orin McMonigle

Orin McMonigle has authored many books on insect topics from roaches to mantids to water scorpions. To learn more visit the following websites:



Articles by this author:

  1. -Another Color: Hercules Beetle

Josh Mease

The Chamaeleo Research Group was conceived of by Josh Mease, in 1987, at the age of 15 years old. What started as a chameleon import monitoring and information portal has now turned into a lifelong vocation. Josh has worked with well over 40 species of chameleons including some of the only species imported into the US. His study of reptiles, in their natural habitat, has taken him from the Biological Reserves in Central and South America, to those in East Africa. In Africa, Josh was able to study extensively the chameleon species endemic to Mt. Meru and the East Usumbara Mountain Range. His mentor, Joe Berraducci, of Mt. Bird & Trophy (MBT) Reptile Centre, Snake Park and Chameleon Farm is currently collaborating with Josh to introduce CITES Farm Raised Quota Chameleons to the US. Their hopes are to introduce a new standard of chameleons to the US Pet Trade and to offer an alternative to the current devastating wild-harvest practice of chameleon collection. He now enjoys home-life with his wife Rachel and their daughter Jayde. His website is http://www.chamresearch.com and his email is jmease@chamresearch.com

Articles by this author:

  1. -Farm Breeding of Chameleons

Zerah Morris

Zerah Morris is a mortgage originator in Lawton, Oklahoma. He began his journey into exotic pets and reptiles at age 12. After 5 years working with marine aquaria, he began keeping chameleons three years ago. In that time he has worked with F. pardalis, C. deremensis, C. wiedersheimi, C. p. parsonii, F. lateralis, F. oustaleti, and briefly with B. oxyrhinum. He is currently taking some time off and traveling, but hopes to return to chameleon keeping soon.

Zerah can be reached by email at zerah_m@sbcglobal.net

Articles by this author:

  1. -DIY Large Outdoor Free Ranging Enclosure

Jim Nozaki

Originally from Toronto, Ontario in Canada, Jim moved to California 22 years ago and considers it his home. When not working with chameleons he lives life as a Physical Therapist and serves as the Director of Rehab Services at a small rehab hospital. He is married to Mari (who really runs the show from behind the scenes!) and has two teenage kids. You can email him at amzgbluereptiles@aol.com or at his website www.amazingbluereptiles.com

Articles by this author:

  1. -Furcifer pardalis - Breeding Blue Panthers

Stephen O’Neal

Stephen O'Neal and his wife Aleshia own and operate Natural State Chameleons-a humble operation that they say enriches the lives of their family (3 children) and all those who visit their "menagerie". Stephen serves as a Research Biologist for the AR Game and Fish Commission and, along with many other facets of the position, gives presentations statewide with the native herpetofaunal collection (over 40 species) that he keeps and maintains.

Articles by this author:

  1. -Shipping Chameleons

Neils Pedersen


Articles by this author:

  1. -Chamaeleo (Trioceros) cristatus in Captivity

Rob Pilley

Rob Pilley is a professional Zoologist and wildlife filmmaker based in the UK, travelling the world in pursuit of animal stories for BBC and Discovery Channel. He has a Master’s Degree in Biodiversity, specializing in the systematics of the montane chameleons of East Africa. He has been keeping an array of herptiles for over 30 years.

Articles by this author:

  1. -Outdoor raising of Bradypodion thamnobates, the natal Midlands Dwarf Chameleon, over several generations

Edward Pollak, PhD

Ed Pollak is a professor of psychology at West Chester University of Pennsylvania where he teaches animal behavior and biological psychology. An animal enthusiast since childhood, he has published scientific articles on the behavioral biology of mammals and fish and serves as editor of www.adcham.com. For a brief survey of his varied interests see http://mywebpages.comcast.net/epollak/home.htm.

Articles by this author:

  1. -Common Myths of Chameleon Husbandry

Tom Routhouska

My interest in reptiles started when I was around 7 or 8 years old. One spring while visiting my Grandparents in Florida it dawned on me that there were lizards everywhere. I remember my parents dragging me to Disney World kicking and screaming - I wanted to stay at the condo and catch anoles and skinks instead. I have always loved reptiles (more specifically lizards) so I decided to get back into the hobby again. I like to take the road less traveled and I wanted a challenge, so I decided on chameleons. My first chameleon was a veiled, and it didn’t take long for me to want more of them. Pygmies sparked my interest since they require smaller enclosures/less lighting, and there didn’t seem like a lot of hobbyist were keeping them compared to true chameleons (again, road less traveled). Another aspect about pygmies I enjoy is putting together their enclosures - you can really be creative and I think it’s a lot of fun. I currently keep R. temporalis, brevicaudatus, and nchisiensis. I have successfully bred/hatched R. brevicaudatus and my goal is to breed other species of pygmies and to raise several generations of captive bred Rhampholeon. In addition to pygmies I also keep C. calyptratus and F. lateralis.

Articles by this author:

  1. -Constructing a Stump-tailed Chameleon Habitat

  2. -Humidifiers and Chameleon Enclosures

  3. -Rieppeleon brevicaudatus - Husbandry Techniques

Laurie Sageser

Laurie Sageser, was born in California. Her career managing Legal and Compliance for several trust companies ended the day she turned 55 and retired. After that, she and her husband, David, moved from California to Montana. She now happily stays home with her chameleons and quilting.

Photo courtesy of Laurie Sageser

Articles by this author:

  1. -South Bay Chameleon Keepers (SBCK)

Chad Smith

Chad Smith has spent the majority of his life working with reptiles and amphibians, and over the years he's gained experience with a wide array of animals. It was in his early teens when he first became hooked on chameleons, and he's been working with them for nearly a decade since. Chad is currently working on finishing his bachelors degree in biology at the newly opened California State University Channel

Articles by this author:

  1. -Brookesia

Brandy Snow

Brandy Snow is a Canadian chameleon enthusiast with deep interest in their proper husbandry and propagation. When she is not working with her chameleons or trying to help others with theirs, she is a website designer and founder of her Feeder company Canadian Silkworms. She was the webmaster for the E-Zine from May 2004 through February 2008.

Articles by this author:

  1. -Introduction to Common Chameleon Plants

Kevin Stanford

Kevin grew up in Northeastern Pennsylvania, keeping and breeding various species of native and exotic herpetofauna before moving onto chameleons about 5 years ago. His current focus is on carpet chameleons, though he also keeps some panthers and veileds, along with poison dart frogs. An avid field herper, Kevin has done work with the Fish and Boat Commission assessing local rattlesnake populations. Currently he is in his last semester as Penn State University, graduating with a BS in Business Administration.

Articles by this author:

  1. -Experiences with Furcifer lateralis lateralis

Bill Strand

Bill Strand has been keeping and breeding chameleons since the 1980s.  He loves baby chameleons and laments that they ever have to grow up.  Bill co-founded the Chameleons! Online E-Zine and heads the South Bay Chameleon Keepers in Southern California. He currently runs Dragon Strand, which  develops specialty cages for the chameleon community at http://dragonstrand.com. He and his wife, Yvette, breed a number of species and continue to debate the merits of naming an animal that won’t come when it is called.  They both enjoy living amongst these incredible miniature tree dragons.

Articles by this author:

  1. -Baytril/Enrofloxacin---and the Bacteria that Fear it!

  2. -Eggs: Laying to Hatching

  3. -Focus on Co-Habitation

  4. -Furcifer pardalis - I’ve got the Blues

  5. -Furcifer pardalis - Selecting a Baby Blue

  6. -Gradients: Give your Chameleons a Choice

  7. -Hints and Tips - Troubleshooting

  8. -The Business of Breeding

  9. -Rise of the Super Breeders

  10. -Q&A: My Chameleon Stopped Eating!

  11. -Words from the Editor - October 2003

  12. -Words From the Editor - January 2004

  13. -Words From the Editor - May 2004

  14. -Words From the Guest Editor - November 2012

Rob Trenor

Rob Trenor feels very lucky to be able to follow his dream. With the support of his wife, Kim, he left his job as an engineer to start RK Reptiles. The company specializes in chameleons. Rob hopes that his enthusiasm will spread and that the spread of solid husbandry information will increase the enjoyment of these special lizards.

Articles by this author:

  1. -Chamaeleo (Trioceros) melleri - Acclimation

Dmitry B. Vassiliev, DVM, PhD

Dr. Dmitry B. Vassiliev D.V.M., PhD is the senior herpetologist at the Moscow Zoo in Russia. He is an ARAV member and has published many articles in Russian, Japanese, and German journals on topics such as captive breeding of elapid snakes, shiniasaurus, and a variety of pythons. In the last ten years he has worked in veterinarian support of reptiles particularily in the field of parasitology, comparative pathology, and surgery. His travels have led him from Irian Jaya to Mongolia to Europe.

Articles by this author:

  1. -Flagyl

  2. -Panacur

  3. -Worms Treated by Fenbendazole

Karen Venaas

In addition to wrangling melleri on a daily basis, Karen and Jeremy keep and raise several species of chameleons including veileds, panthers and jackson’s. They have several outlandish theories on chameleon keeping including handling and interacting  with them on a regular basis as well as letting them see and interact with each other. 

Articles by this author:

  1. -Keeping Up with the Melleri: A beginners Guide to Managing Chaos

Allison Walker

Allison Walker is an aspiring zoologist and researcher currently studying Biology at Georgia State University. She has mainly worked with one species of chameleon, C.(Tr.) Jacksonii Xantholopus with hopes to expand to the other two subspecies. For questions regarding C. (Tr.) Jacksonii you can contact her at gphibaw83@yahoo.com

Articles by this author:

  1. -Saving a Chameleon

Dave Weldon

Dave Weldon has been working in the high-tech electronic test equipment industry for over 30 years and has a keen interest in the technical aspects of UVB lighting for chameleons. He has kept a number of chameleon species since 2004. In 2007, he co-founded the “South Bay Chameleon Keepers” group that meets in the Los Angeles area.

Photo courtesy of Robert Casillas

Articles by this author:

  1. -Lighting for Chameleons - Part #2

  2. -South Bay Chameleon Keepers (SBCK)

Don Wells

Don Wells has worked with animals much of his life. His present interests include disseminating proper husbandry techniques for animals kept in captivity. He has kept multitudes of insects and continues to experiment with new species.

Articles by this author:

  1. -Breeding Crickets

  2. -Cockroaches - Chameleon Food Par Excellence!

  3. -Mealworms

  4. -Termites

  5. -Q&A 2002 - March

  6. -Q&A 2002 - May

  7. -Q&A 2002 - July

  8. -Q&A 2002 - September

  9. -Q&A 2002 - November

  10. -Q&A 2003 - January

  11. -Q&A 2003 - July

  12. -Q&A 2004 - January

  13. -Q&A 2004 - May

Matthew Wheelock, DVM

Dr. Wheelock is a small animal and exotic veterinarian in Charlotte, NC. He is a 2002 graduate of Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine where he was keeper for LSU's live tiger mascot and a co-chair for the LSU Wildlife and Raptor Rehabilitation Unit. He did a preceptorship with the Baton Rouge Zoo before graduation, but now can be found as Chief of Staff at Harris Blvd Veterinary Clinic in north Charlotte. He has a special interest in herpetology and herp medicine and presently provides veterinary support for the Metrolina Wildlife Park (reptile house).

Dr. Wheelock currently enjoys refining his own husbandry techniques with his panther chameleon, leopard geckos, crested geckos and the various "critters" required for feeding them. Dr. Wheelock can be contacted directly by e-mail, phone, or snailmail:

Harris Blvd Vet Clinic
c/o Dr. Wheelock
5710 W. Harris Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28269

Articles by this author:

  1. -An Overview of Calcium Supplementation

Dayna Willems, DVM

Dayna Willems DVM is a veterinarian with a special interest in reptiles and exotics practicing in Denver Colorado. She has been fascinated with reptiles ever since she was a little girl and has always had a varied collection of reptiles and exotic pets. Some of Dayna's turtles were obtained when she was in elementary school and are still around today. Dayna takes great efforts to promote education and improving captive conditions for reptiles through work and personal efforts. When not taking care of the animal family she enjoys taking advantage of the beautiful Colorado scenery with hiking, camping, and skiing with her dogs and wonderful husband.

Articles by this author:

  1. -Review: The Biology of Chameleons


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