Hosted by long time chameleon keeper and breeder, Bill Strand, the Chameleon Academy Podcast tackles subjects from basic to advanced and brings in insight from experts in the field. There is something for everyone from beginning keepers to experienced breeders. Subscribe for a weekly dose of chameleon talk!
Changing the Future of Chameleon Breeding
30:35Breeding chameleons is a resource consuming task if done properly. Burnout amongst chameleon breeders is common. And with that our community experience is depleted. In this episode I look at how we can use Small Batch Breeding concepts to strengthen our community and increase satisfaction for the individual keeper turned breeder.
Starting a Panther Chameleon Breeding Project
1:17:28Michael DiBoneventura joins us today to represent the perspective of a new breeder. He has a ton of experience with various reptiles throughout his life, like most of us, but he got started with Panther Chameleons by raising them individually. We discuss some of the information he used and what he looks for when sourcing animals ethically. He also talks about female management and clutch sizes that he shoots for. Great discussion!
Evolution of Panther Chameleon Breeding with Brian Stewart
1:35:37Brian Stewart is one of the long-tenure Panther Chameleon breeders I have worked with for many years. In this episode, he talks about what it was like to attempt to verify a local form in the mail before the internet, and how much easier we all have it today. He also talks about some of his breeding philosophy and preferences after having lived through and seen thousands of animals over the years. I remember when I got started in 2015 hearing about these Brian Stewart babies and how big/healthy they are. He has been a role model and a goal post for many years and it was an honor to sit down with him here.
Panther Chameleons in the Wild
1:04:00Madcham.de is an invaluable website compiled by Thorsten Negro and Dr. Alex Laube. Their efforts have given us insight into the wild conditions for the chameleons that live in Madagasar. Jonathan is joined by Lee and Amanda Ready to gain insight into the locales of Panther Chameleons.
Discussions on Breeding Panther Chameleons
50:56Panther Chameleons have become the foundation of the growth of our chameleon community. This is the inaugural episode of the new iPardalis Podcast produced by Jonathan Hill. He introduces us to the issues and discussions surrounding the panther chameleon community.
A New Podcast: The iPardalis Podcast by Jonathan Hill
34:06The Chameleon Academy is now a network . I have the pleasure of introducing to you iPardalis Podcast! The iPardalis Podcast looks at the various issues facing the panther chameleon community. Host, Jonathan Hill, of iPardalis, explores genetics, natural history, ethics, and the basics of breeding panther chameleons. Through this podcast you will meet a number of community members that further the important conversations we need to have.
Mossy Leaf-tailed Geckos with Dave Bagshaw!
52:01One species that gets a constant love is the Mossy Leaf-tailed Gecko, Uroplatus sikorae from Madagascar. This is one of the extreme bark mimics and the camouflage is freakishly good! Not only is the coloration perfect, but the frill around their lower jaw serves to ear the typical animal shape and make the gecko appear to meld onto the branch. Yes, definitely a unique lizard that checks the boxes to be adored by people attracted to chameleons! Today I talk with Dave Bagshaw about the Mossy Leaf-Tail Gecko!