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Winter weather brings a variety of challenges. At times, severe weather can make it impossible to leave home, or get back. It can also result in power outages, loss of temperature control mechanism, and limited availability of water. While many of us have heard how to prepare for disasters ourselves, the discussion doesn’t always include the care of our pets. Before winter weather causes a problem, you need to develop a Chameleon Emergency Plan. Here’s how to start.
A critical part of any disaster plan is identifying an emergency contact. In this case, you need to find someone who can get to your home and check on your chameleon if you are unable to get there yourself. Ideally, you need to find someone who lives or works in your local area, and close to your home.
Once you have found a suitable contact, you will review all other planning information with them as well. Refer to your emergency care plan and make sure they understand the information. Take time to show them the location of important items, like food and heat pads, and give them a chance to ask questions if they have any.
While a chameleon may have an acceptable range in regards to ambient temperature, a winter storm can result in a power outage. And, without power, certain heaters will not operate. With this in mind, it is important to have alternative heat sources available if a lack of heat could put the health of your chameleon at risk.
To provide heat during an emergency, you should collect heating options that activate without power. A variety of heating pads, such as those traditional bought for camping, may be suitable in an emergency. Additionally, an indoor-safe propane heat can also help. If you have a generator, consider dedicating some of its energy to keeping your chameleon warm. You can make the process more efficient by keeping your chameleon in a smaller area, as it will take less energy to heat the space.
Since heat of this nature is harder to control, take extra care and keep your chameleon under observation at all times. If the temperature shifts unfavorably, you may need to reach quickly to ensure your chameleon’s health and safety.
Food and Water
Food and water are some of the building blocks of life. Give the same care when planning for your chameleon’s needs as you would your own. Make sure you have a sealed bottle of drinking water available at all times. That way, if you lose the ability to access safe water, you have a supply just for your chameleon.
Keep a close eye on your cricket supply during times of the year when severe weather may make accessing your normal supplier more difficult. Don’t let your supply dwindle down too far in case you won’t be able to access more for a few days. Luckily, chameleons don’t require many crickets per day to stay healthy. Try to have at least a week’s supply during rougher months.
Any Other Care Needs? Handle Accordingly
If your chameleon has any special needs, make sure you plan to meet those as well. Keep contact information for your vet readily available, as well as a backup vet in case your preferred veterinarian’s office is affected by the weather too.
With thorough planning, you can make sure that both you and your chameleon are ready to weather any winter storms. Take the time to plan today for a more secure tomorrow.