Meet Allen the Chameleon

If you’ve read my blog before you know that my boyfriend has a pet chameleon named Allen. Well my boyfriend’s family has been wanting to move for awhile now and they finally decided that they were actually going to do it. My boyfriend has a bunch of animals that he takes care of but the Realtor doesn’t want them in the house or at least where people can see them. He has the chameleon, a gecko, 6 big dart frogs, 13 baby dart frogs and 2 tiny dart frogs. The frogs are in tanks and they have heaters attached to them so they should be fine in the basement, the gecko is in a tank as well but it doesn’t have to top to it since she can’t climb. Her tank is half heated so if she gets too hot she can just go to the cold side. My boyfriend thinks they should be fine down there but he’s very worried about them, just in case he has a portable heater that he put down there to help them stay warm. 

The chameleon on the other hand cannot go into the basement, he asked me if I would take care of him so I said yes. (Yes this means I have him until they move or at least sell the house.) Yesterday my boyfriend brought him over since they are taking pictures of the house on Sunday and I won’t see him since he works. I just wanted to show you guys his set up and how cool these animals really are. I am not a pro with reptiles, I’ve just learnt all the things from my boyfriend. I have fed and held him at my boyfriends more then one time, I also wake up before my boyfriend so I’m the one who sprays him since he won’t drink from his dripper. So lets get started! 

The Tank: We call it a tank because we are so use to calling the other animals tank but it’s more like a cage I guess you can say, tank also sounds a lot better. I don’t know the size of the tank but it takes up my whole desk and my mum was shocked how big it was for such a little guy. We have a real plant in there that he hides in sometimes, real and fake branches all around so he can climb on or just hang out, we have a fake plant in the top left back corner which he loves a lot and usually sleeps and finally we have a dripper in the front left corner that he isn’t sure about. The tank itself is screen so he can climb all around on that; switch he loves to do – we call it Allen’s Adventures. The most important thing that is apart of the thank that you see if the light that is on top. That is what keeps him warm, and gives him a sense of night and day. We have it set to a timer so we don’t have to worry about not being home to turn it off or on. 

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The Dripper/Spray Bottle: As I said he is scared of the dripper, it’s just two fake leaves and water drops off of them like they would in the wild. We see him looking at it all the time like he knows what it is but won’t drink off of it, we’ve also been mean and tried holding him up to it but he just runs up our arms to get away from it. So instead we spray all the leafs that he climbs around on and we make it seem like it’s raining on him. When we do this he either drinks the water off the leafs like he would in the wild or he drinks the water that’s falling off of him. It’s very cute to watch him drink when we make it rain. My boyfriend forgot to bring over the spray bottle from his house but not to worry we both work in rec centres so I just asked maintenance if I could have one they’ve never used and was empty, they gladly gave me one. The only problem with that was I had to find someone who knew my boyfriend since he use to work there. The guy I asked was confused until I told him I was watching his chameleon. 

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Crickets: Yup, if you do not like touching bugs then this pet is not for you. I hate touching the crickets but I will show you want I use so I don’t have to after. You can get crickets from any pets store in Canada, I don’t know about anywhere else but they all have them here. My boyfriend was nice enough to buy some so I didn’t have to go out and get any for now. You can get small or big ones, he eats both but small ones are easier to deal with if you had bugs. Allen is a picky eater, sometimes he doesn’t want to eat at all so we kind of feed him small piles at a time, if he seems like he wants to eat we will give him more. 

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Cricket Shaker: My boyfriend normally just picks up the bugs, puts them in a container, shakes the powder on them and feeds the guy but I hate bugs so I’m obviously not going to do that. My boyfriend was nice enough to buy me this thing called a Cricket Shaker. It’s pretty cool, you’re suppose to put the powder in there but he forgot it. You put the crickets in the container, and it comes with this pipe that they climb up and when it’s time to feed you can put the crickets into the cage or into a container and let him eat them out of there. That way you know for sure how much he eats. This thing was so dusty and he told the cashier that I was watching it and I’m such a girl for hating bugs. It’s true, bugs are not my thing at all so I’m glad I have this. 

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(There was dust all over it cause I’m pretty sure know one uses this!)

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The Chameleon/Allen: I believe he is a veiled chameleon, I’m not sure though. He’s just a green little guy about the size of my hand not including his tail. He changes to the typically colours of black/brown, yellow, gets spots, and some colour designs depending how he feels. Not much you can say about him besides the fact that he can be a grumpy one, he’s a picky eater and likes to climb on top of my head. 

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Alright so he is the little guy that I love so much. He is still getting use to being here so hopefully he is enjoying it though. If you have any questions I will try to answer them as best as I can but remember I don’t really know that much other then what I’ve done with this guy with my boyfriend. 

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You better catch up.

I haven’t really been around lately because everything has been so busy. I’ve been working my butt off, dealing with my boyfriend’s chameleon, Christmas shopping, Christmas tree and Xbox one came out this week. I have stories for all of them and I will catch you up! 

There’s nothing much to say about work, it’s work, it’s boring and stupid. I’ve already talked about the chameleon so if you missed out on that look at the post before this one! 

Now Christmas shopping! I finally went a got some more shopping completed, I’m not completely finished but maybe if I go one more time and I will be done but I’m going to have to focus and just rack up the bills to pay for all of this. I have most of my family done, I have like half things done which is actually so annoying but it’ll do. The only problem is I still have my boyfriend to buy for and I have no idea what I want to actually get him. I have ideas but they all turn out to be clothes and I feel like that is completely lame. I also need to start thinking of what to get him for his birthday! I hate that his birthday is right after Christmas and the same week as valentines day. Anyways, I’ve wrapped like two gifts – only semi wrapped – but once I have all my gifts I’m going to wrap them all of and not have to worry about anything. It’s going to take me while like I said before since I work for the stupid City of Brampton and we get paid just above min wage.

Christmas tree! Now a view years ago I went to Ikea with my sister and there was a mini tree on sale, I thought it was so cute and I was buying stuff for when I move out at the time. I told my mum that this year we should set up both trees, the only problem was for my tree I had nothing to put on it. So yesterday my mum took me to the mall and bought all the decorations to put on my tree. It actually looks cool – well I think it does. I made the tree have all outdoor things on it so, racoons, foxes, moose, deer, wood, red and black things. It just looks cool to me. I didn’t want to have a girly tree espically if I move out with my boyfriend. 

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Alright, xbox one came out Friday night/morning. Let me just tell you what I did for my boyfriend to get this xbox. I worked open to close on Thursday, that’s 645a-930p and I was up at 545a. After work my boyfriend picks me up, brings me to his house and I shower. We then go get food, and eat it in the parking lot with his brother and friend. We watched walmart close then we go get our chairs and sat outside the doors for 8 hours straight. They weren’t selling them until 7am and there was only 12 xboxs. I must say it was pretty fun, we have 7 people there just chilling outside the doors all night. I was up for 24 hours straight which I have no idea how I did but I did it! I tweeted, “Up for 24 hours straight and sat in line for 8 hours for Xbox One #thingsIdoformyboyfriend.” I am honestly the best girlfriend ever and did I mention that I paid for it! Yup. I’m awesome. 

R.I.P

Remember how I wrote about how my boyfriend and I had a sick chameleon? Well we took her to the vet and they gave her some medicine and told her that she has to lay eggs that were not fertile. She pretty much got her period but since she didn’t lay them before she got sick from them and had no energy to lay them. The other day, I believe it was the 21st she died in the morning. 

R.I.P Pumpkin. 

 

Sick Chameleon

Today was a bad day, my friend noticed that our new chameleon – that I posted before – has gotten sick. Her eyes are sunken in, she’s having trouble breathing, disoriented, and has zero strength. She kept falling in her cage then today she went all white, we sprayed her a lot but she wouldn’t drink, we looked online and it said to shower her. As my boyfriend went to turn onto the shower, she started to fall and I just caught her in time. When she was in the shower she seemed like she was doing a lot better, she was moving around, and it seemed like she was drinking the water. 

We looked online and it said that she may have a respiratory problem and she needs to go to the doctor asap, we called every reptile vet around our area and none of them were in until the morning. Now my boyfriend is going to go into the morning before work. We think the shower thing helped, he told me that her eyes are sunken in anymore but she still is just chilling on the floor. 

I will keep you updated!