Let’s talk laying bins!! (Warning: very informative but long-winded post ahead 😬🤓) If you have a female chameleon, access to a lay bin AT ALL TIMES is extremely important!! Female chameleons are like chickens. They will lay eggs no matter if there is a male in the picture or not. They are also similar to chickens in the fact that they will retain sperm long after a single breeding with a male. So that means if your female has been bred, get ready for few fertile clutches! And loooooots of cute baby chameleons 😉
A lay bin needs to be deep enough for them to tunnel with a mixture of organic dirt and sand. Also, it needs to be damp but not too damp to where is standing water. A good rule of thumb is trying to make a tunnel with your finger and if it holds up, you’re good to go. If not, you may need to adjust your dirt to sand ratio or add more moisture. If you keep this lay bin in their enclosure (which I strongly recommend you do), make sure you drill holes in the bottom of your lay bin for drainage.
As far as what plants to use, any chameleon safe plants will do. I like pothos because it has a good root system (if your girl likes to plant in roots) and also provides then with a good amount of privacy with the leaf cover a good, healthy pothos provides. Also, it is hardy, thrives in chameleon enclosures, and gives them lots of vines to climb up and down. With that being said, you do need to give them a branch or two going into their lay bin for easy access!
I know this was a long-winded post but it is so very NECESSARY and IMPORTANT if you have a lovely female cham. They make amazing pets but just have a little extra special care and believe me, they are totally worth it 😊😊😊 and if you’re still reading, thank you for hanging out and MERRY CHRISTMAS 🎄🎄