Acquired: Online breeder / seller
Posted Mar 01, 2014
My mother didn't want any time-intensive pets in addition to a dog and a young child, so the lizard light bulb came on when I started pestering her for a second dog.
I found them interesting for a little while... at least until I realized I was never going to be able to play fetch with them or teach them to talk like my bird. I was thoroughly disgusted when I realized that, if not eaten fast enough, their food (meal worms) would turn into some sort of beetle-like monster. It was even worse when I discovered my mother kept these soon-to-be monsters in our refrigerator... right down in the bottom crisper next to our apples.
While never fond of the chameleons themselves (I like pets that will come play with me instead of just lounging around on their heating rock), I loved taking them to show and tell. none of the other kids had pet lizards! I decided maybe they weren't so bad after all - the kids at school always thought they were awesome - so I tried playing with them a little more. It was a sort-lived experiment that ended abruptly when one of them latched onto my nose like some sort of twisted nose ring. I had to wander around with a lizard biting my left nostril for quite a while before if finally decided it had mad its point (whatever that may have been) and released its death grip on my face.
I I decided my mother could just keep the lizards, their monster food, the facial lacerations, and rather boring heating rock and went out to find myself a nice stray dog to bring home and play with instead.