at least 40% of UVB light emited from reptile UVB strip lights. Either
the bulb need to be inside the enclosure or two bulbs used outside.
It is difficult
to create a basking spot without the area of mesh directly under the
bulb becoming too hot. If the chameleon climbs on the mesh and hangs
under the basking bulb (which they are prone to do) there is a danger
of thermal burns.
mesh under the bulb tends to absorb a lot of the heat produced thus
restricting the heat reaching the basking spot and the rest of the
use with Mercury Vapour bulbs suspended overhead in a warm room but
this depends on the species kept (Panther Chameleons do not tolerate
the high levels of UV given off by Mercury Vapour bulbs).
- Very Poor
used in warm/hot room, mesh cages can be very difficult to keep areas
outside the basking spot at a comfortable temperature.
Producing a Thermal Gradient is very easy providing the cooler end
is not too cold for the chameleon to use. Good ventilation/airflow
naturally creates a gradient.
Not usually as good as aluminium mesh though.
Some fine weave mesh cages have poor airflow, especially when damp
which is detrimental to your chameleons health.
is directly related to the amount of ventilation. When using mesh
cages more regular spraying and the use of real plants helps create
more acceptable levels of humidity. "Soft Trays" can be
used to cover several sides but at the expense of air-flow.
mesh cages usually have mesh floors which makes drainage easy
stripped out then easily cleaned. Not easily cleaned on a daily basis
stuck resulting in the whole cage shaking whilst you struggle to undo
it. Restricted vision due to the thickness of mesh reduces the all
round vision problem that the finer aluminum mesh can suffer from
therefore could be more suitable for nervous individuals.
taking outside in the sunny weather for natural UV exposure. Less
stress on the Cham as it is still in its original enclosure.
Can be hard to see through (see stress factors above for positive)
and crickets have been known to eat their way out.
Probably better suited for use in warmer climates or in temperature
controlled reptile rooms. Common mistake is to use in cold rooms where
the chameleon spends all its time under the basking spot, effectively
making the rest of the enclosure useless.
Often the cheapest form of caging but the hardest to heat.
Mesh - black flyscreen such as the Terry Thatcher range
- vision vivariums or purpose built