W E L C O M E
I'm passionate about creating confident, capable keepers.
Much Ado About Chameleons is a blog that strives to empower keepers to truly master the care and breeding of chameleons in captivity, to make confident, informed choices for their animals, and to contribute to establishing and maintaining thriving captive populations.
Some aspects of husbandry can be confusing or overwhelming to understand – Much Ado offers information on both simple and advanced husbandry topics in a way that is clear, straightforward, and unravels these topics into their most basic parts, making it easy for anyone to understand chameleon care in a way that creates confident, empowered pet owners. There is no one-way-fits-all approach to chameleon-keeping, so we want to ensure that keepers understand what will work specifically for them and why.
Along with solid care advice and information, the blog features DIY projects, tips, product reviews, inspiring enclosures and reptile rooms worth copying, and original illustrated content, all of which make life with your pet chameleon easier and more enjoyable.
In the years since its launch, Much Ado About Chameleons has been referenced in the book Veiled Chameleons or Yemen Chameleons As Pets by Wendy Davis, various blog photographs have been published in Panther Chameleons: Color-Changing Reptiles by Rebecca Hirsch, I’ve contributed to articles on Swell UK and Chameleon Forums, I have joined the collective of authors on Reptile Apartment, and I’ve been invited to co-author a book due for publication in 2017.
There are various awesome projects in the works for the blog; follow along as we continue to grow!
M E E T T H E T E A M
Hey! I’m a Spanish-born molecular biologist that subsists on a mix of Thai food and white wine that really, really, loves chameleons.
Olimpia MartinottiO w n e r + E d i t o r
I moved as a child from Madrid to the tropical city of Miami, where the sidewalks were littered with a litany of swiftly-scurrying anole lizards, the local park hosted large crocodiles basking along the shores of the canals, and emerald-green iguanas would eat the hibiscus flowers outside my bedroom window.
By the time I went to college at the Florida Institute of Technology, I had amassed years of experience with these and other exotic creatures, and despite the vociferous behest of my counselors to pursue a career in writing or illustration instead, I leapt right into a degree in biology.
In 2008 I bought my first chameleon, a little wild Jackson’s chameleon, and by 2012 I was so hopelessly in love with these animals and their intricate care that I became passionate about helping keepers and chameleons alike through education. And so I launched Much Ado About Chameleons, into which I could pour my almost 20 years of experience and background in biology and physiology, and enable keepers to understand the full depth of husbandry and reptilian health in a way that is clear and straightforward.
I currently live in Miami, Florida, again with my dog and almost two dozen lizards, who dominate my free time when I'm not working at a commercial testing lab.
FoxI n s e c t Q u a l i t y C o n t r o l
The new, albeit tentative, face of the blog is the handsome mug of our red-body/blue-bar Ambilobe panther chameleon (F. pardalis), Fox. Once he has settled in this even-tempered youngster will help educate the public about chameleon care, serve as my Guinea pig for demonstrations, and generally just make photos pretty by being in them. Fox was courtesy of Wild Side Chameleons, based in Dunnellon, Florida.
We hope to acquire more chameleons in 2017 and to start breeding species that desperately need to become established in captivity. Fox as of right now will not be part of any breeding programs as we feel that panther chameleons are more than established and there are plenty of other phenomenal panther breeders from whom to buy.
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