It is obvious that live plants serve lots of useful purposes inside the habitat of chameleons. Live plants help maintain healthy humidity levels in the tank and clean the air for a healthier habitat for your pet, which fake plants cannot do.
However, there are also some advantages to using fake plants instead of live plants. What happens if you use fake plants in chameleon’s cages? Is it the best plants for chameleons? This post is about the pros and cons of fake plants so you can make your decision to use it or not.
#1 Fake plants last for long
Fake plants do not require any care at all. While live plants need some special condition such as, soil moisture, light exposure, heat tolerance; you can use fake plants virtually anywhere in your chameleon’s enclosure. They do not need light, water and optimal temperature to survive.
Besides, they’re more durable than their live counterparts. You don’t have to worry about whether the plant will get trampled to death by your pets. You may have to place live plants regularly as they can be very delicate.
#2 Fake Plants are versatile
There are always sometimes when you want to replace the old plants in the cage with a new one to create a new look for your chameleon’s tank. And easy to remove and replace fake plants. You do not have to worry about replanting the new plants while still keep the old one alive.
#3 Fake plants also provide place to hide and climb on
Like live plants, fake plants are also valuable for providing different types of cover where chameleon can hide to feel safe and secure in their environment. Chameleons love to climb, and providing the right fake plants also allows them ample opportunity to do so.
#1 Fake plants do not maintain humidity
Since they are not alive, they cannot absorb water and also release water, which means that they have no effect on ambient humidity levels. You may have to try the other ways to maintain the optimal humidity level in the tank.
#2 Fake plants are not safe for ingestion
This is the biggest problems of fake plants that your chameleon may be decoyed by the color of fake plants and try to eat them. Although fake plants are fairly durable and generally don’t taste edible but the ingestion is still possibility. Fake plant cannot be digested and any ingested pieces of fake plant may block the digestive tract of chameleons.